A new study suggests that weight loss may help reduce psoriasis symptoms. The study included 60 obese psoriasis-affected participants who lost 15 kg on average over the course of 16 weeks. After a one-year follow-up, those who maintained their weight at least 10 kg below their weight at baseline also experienced a reduction in psoriasis symptoms.
There is a well-known connection between obesity and the severity of psoriasis symptoms. Coauthor of the study Prof. Arne Astrup explained, “We know that both psoriasis and obesity are linked with an increased incidence of coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes. If we could get obese psoriasis patients to lose weight and keep the weight off, we could potentially derive positive effects on their overall health and quality of life as well.”
Psoriasis is a skin condition that is characterized by patches of red, itchy, and scaly-looking skin. Severity of psoriasis can differ from person to person.
Prof. Astrup added, “The results underscore the importance of focusing on weight loss as one element in a broad spectrum approach to effective psoriasis treatment for overweight patients. A by-product of weight loss might be a reduction of the complications associated with obesity. This results in a significant effect on the overall well-being of patients.”
The study highlights the importance of maintaining a healthy weight and losing weight if overweight or obese for managing psoriasis more effectively.
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