Psoriasis: A component of metabolc syndrome?

Metabolic syndrome is the clustering of abdominal obesity, high blood pressure, elevated blood glucose, and an abnormal amount of cholesterol and/or fat in the blood (Cohen, Sherf, Vidavsky, Vardy, Shapiro & Meyerovitch, 2008). In a recent study, researchers from the Research and Health Planning Department in Israel, assessed the association between psoriasis and metabolic syndrome (Cohen, Sherf, Vidavsky, Vardy, Shapiro & Meyerovitch, 2008). Previous research has suggested a correlation between inflammatory diseases such as systemic lupus erythematosus and metabolic syndrome (Cohen, Sherf, Vidavsky, Vardy, Shapiro & Meyerovitch, 2008). Psoriasis is now considered an inflammatory disease, and for this reason, there is growing evidence to suggest that it is a component of metabolic syndrome (Cohen, Sherf, Vidavsky, Vardy, Shapiro & Meyerovitch, 2008). In this study 16,851 patients diagnosed with psoriasis were compared to 48, 681 participants free of inflammatory disease. The results of this stdy indicate that the incidence of diabetes mellitus (13.8 percent/7.3 percent), hypertension (27.5 percent/14.4 percent), obesity (8.4 percent/3.6 percent) and ischemic heart disease (14.2 percent/7.1 percent) was higher in participants diagnosed with psoriasis compared to particpants free of inflammatory disease.

Cohen, AD., Sherf, M., Vidavsky, L., Vardy, D.A., Shapiro, L. & Meyerovitch, J. 2008. Association between psoriasis and the metabolic syndrome. A cross-sectional study. Dermatology, 216, 2, 152-155.

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