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Physical Activity Combats Psoriasis

Wednesday, 23 May 2012 10:36 AM

Chalk up another point for exercise. A new study of American women suggests vigorous physical activity may reduce the risk of psoriasis.
The study, published in the Archives of Dermatology, found women who engaged in the equivalent of 105 hours of running per week lowered their risk of developing the skin condition by up to 25 percent. Women who spent 180 hours per week swimming or playing tennis experienced similar health benefits.
"In addition to providing other health benefits, participation in vigorous exercise may represent a new preventive measure for women at high risk of developing psoriasis,” said the researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. “Additional corroborative studies and further investigations into the mechanisms by which physical activity protects against new-onset psoriasis are needed."
Psoriasis is an immune disorder that causes inflammation and scaling of the skin. Previous studies have found exercise may reduce the risk of other inflammation-related disorders, including type 2 diabetes, colon cancer, coronary artery disease and breast cancer, researchers noted.
For the new study, investigators examined health records from the Nurses' Health Study II, a long-running research project that has been tracking the health of 86,665 women since 1991. Researchers documented 1,026 incident cases of psoriasis and found the most physically active women had a significantly lower risk of developing the condition than the least active.
Vigorous activity – such as running, swimming, tennis and other aerobic exercise – was most effective in reducing the risk. Walking was not associated with a reduced risk of psoriasis, according to study results.

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Women who engage in vigorous workouts are less likely to develop the skin condition.
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 10:36 AM
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