Having psoriASIS increases your risk of developing other health conditions due to the disease’s immune system weakening and inflammatory properties. Even though you can lower your risk of further health complications by following a consistent treatment plan and having a healthy lifestyle, here are 7 conditions that are linked to psoriasis that you should be aware of.
Psoriasis has been associated with insulin resistance as well as excess insulin production. Some studies show that people who have psoriasis have an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes in comparison to those who do not have the disease.
There are cases where people with psoriasis also develop psoriatic arthritis. As a matter of fact, approximately 10% of individuals with psoriasis develop psoriatic arthritis, which sometimes goes undiagnosed.
In severe cases of psoriasis, it becomes easier for psoriatic arthritis to attack and gradually damage the joints. There are many treatment options available, including biologics, but early diagnosis is imperative.
Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
Multiple studies have established a strong link between psoriasis and high blood pressure, which is also why some people with psoriasis diligently avoid foods that increase blood pressure. Hypertension itself also puts you at greater risk of developing even more dangerous health conditions.
Psoriasis may increase the risk of heart disease, heart attack, and stroke. One of the reasons medical professionals vehemently recommend eating healthy and regularly physical activity to people with psoriasis is that these lifestyle changes lower your risk of heart conditions and may also even lessen the severity of your psoriasis.
Being Overweight or Obese
Research also shows that psoriasis may increase the risk of being overweight or obese. Conversely, not maintaining a healthy weight and obesity worsen psoriasis dramatically as well as contribute to an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, and more complications.
Depression and Anxiety
Many studies show that people with psoriasis are more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety. Depression is one of the most precarious complications psoriasis may bring about as the discomfort and appearance concerns can even put people with psoriasis at a greater danger of suicide.
COPD, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is a lung disease that impacts the respiratory system, causing difficulty breathing. The inflammatory nature of psoriasis may worsen the strain COPD puts on your lungs, especially if you are not mindful of the risk factors of COPD such as smoking, irritants, and air pollution.
A study has also shown that people with psoriasis are more likely to develop Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease compared to those who do not have the autoimmune condition.
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