In addition to dealing with chronically irritated patches of flaky skin, those suffering from psoriasis should be aware that they may be at risk for another chronic disease. According to new research, there is a strong correlation between psoriasis and type-2 diabetes. Both diseases are triggered by inflammation. In this case, the same cells that trigger the inflammation of psoriasis are also linked with insulin resistance and type-2 diabetes. Moreover, there may be a connection between other inflammation-sensitive conditions such as arthritis and cardiovascular disease. With all this in mind, dermatologists are likely to recommend that their psoriasis patients also be screened for cardiovascular risk factors including obesity, hypertension, high blood cholesterol, and type-2 diabetes or insulin resistance.
At our practice, we treat a variety of skin problems and educate our patients about proper long term care. For professional advice about a dermatologic condition affecting you, call ELMHURST DERMATOLOGY at 630-832-2111. Our office is conveniently located at 103 N. Haven Suite. We are accepting new patients. We strive to provide the highest care to our patients.
Todd T. Davis, MD
P.S. Psoriasis is not merely a skin condition. It is a system-wide inflammatory disease.