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Psoriasis ups Odds of Developing Diabetes

Wednesday, 29 Aug 2012 12:07 PM


People with psoriasis are far more likely to develop type 2 diabetes, according to new research presented this week at a meeting of the European Society of Cardiology in Munich.
The findings, presented by Dr. Ole Ahlehoff from Copenhagen University Hospital, are based on an analysis of health records of more than 4 million Danes, including some 50,000 patients with psoriasis, who were followed for 13 years.
"The major conclusion of the study was that psoriasis was associated with increased risk of diabetes mellitus and the risk was highest in patients with severe psoriasis," said Ahlehoff.
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"The results add to current evidence of increased risk of cardiovascular and metabolic disease in patients with psoriasis," he added. "More needs to be done to increase awareness in this large group of patients on what steps they can take to decrease their risk factors for cardiovascular disease."
Psoriasis is a common chronic inflammatory disease that affects 125 million people worldwide. Ahlehoff said researchers believe the inflammation the condition causes is what leads to the development of diabetes.
According to the study’s findings, people with mild psoriasis were 1.5 times more likely to develop diabetes than those without the condition. Compared to people without psoriasis, patients with severe psoriasis were more than twice as likely to develop diabetes.
The findings were the same, regardless of the patients’ age, sex, socioeconomic status, use of medication, and other health conditions.
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