Analysis links psoriasis to increased risk of diabetes
(REUTERS) - Patients with psoriasis had anywhere from an equal risk to an almost four-fold higher risk of developing diabetes than those without the skin condition, according to a review of more than two dozen studies from around the world.
Past research has also suggested psoriasis is tied to a higher chance of having heart disease or suffering a heart attack or stroke, while a study of more than 500,000 people in the UK also linked severe psoriasis with a 46 per cent increased risk of diabetes.
For the review, which appeared in the Archives of Dermatology, Ms April Armstrong from the University of California, Davis, and her colleagues combined the results of 27 past observational studies and found that people with psoriasis were 59 per cent more likely to have diabetes than "control" participants.
In particular, those with severe psoriasis were almost twice as likely to have the blood sugar disorder.