A Higher Risk of Diabetes for Psoriasis Suffers
With all of the different medical conditions that factor into the equation of diabetes, it has now been found that psoriasis is a contributor to type 2 diabetes. In a recent study, researchers have found that the more severe the psoriasis the greater the risk of type 2 diabetes. Of course, many may not see this as any particular threat; however, when you look at the numbers, it could potentially mean an additional 115,500 cases per year diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
Naturally, the causes of psoriasis and the medical complications from it are examined to determine if there is an association with diabetes. With conditions such as cardiovascular and stroke, which are also linked to type 2 diabetes, it helps to show the connection to the disease.
The studies that have been done to see just how close the link is, it was found that the psoriasis patients had a greater likelihood of developing type 2 diabetes than those without the condition. It is difficult to say if it is the skin disease alone contributes to the development of the disease, or if other medical factors are involved as well.
For those that have psoriasis, experts suggest these patients make changes in their lifestyles in order to decrease their risk of type 2 Diabetes. With the changes that they can make such as therapy and the medications that are available to them, they may be able to avoid getting the disease, or at least lower the risk, by lowering or eliminating their resistance to insulin.
During the study, others factors were taken into consideration such as age, weight, sex and race. Although they played a small role in the findings, it appeared as though that the severity of psoriasis was the major deciding factor.
The types of medications that patients were taking, as well as insulin resistance, make for a factor in the study as well. Even with all of the study and research that has been done to link psoriasis to type 2 diabetes, there are many things that are still unclear. Further research needs to be done as to why patients with more severe cases were prescribed different medications and for those that have arthritis linked to psoriasis as well. Everything in the study seemed to be dose dependent, so there is much more investigation that is needed in order to make the findings more solid.
There are still many unknown factors in the comparisons that are which still are yet to be discovered and added into the analysis. Researchers are closely studying all of the information and data that they currently have in order to present more in depth findings to the studies that are still be conducted. At this time, there are comparisons made on women only, as well as the differences between them and men. Any information that is found may be able to help those that have not yet contracted the disease and help to aid in the prevention.
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