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Psoriasis, Obesity, and Diabetes

A new study among twins in Denmark has found a strong association between psoriasis, type 2 diabetes, and obesity, with modest evidence suggesting a genetic link between the three conditions. Chronic inflammation has been implicated in all three disorders. Medication also may play a role; overtreatment of psoriasis with corticosteroids has been linked to type 2 diabetes and obesity. "Patients with psoriasis who are overweight or obese may lower their risk of diabetes while making the skin disease less active if they are able to achieve and maintain a healthier body weight," concluded Joel M Gelfand, MD, medical director in the Dermatology Clinical Studies Unit at the University of Pennsylvania.

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