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What is the relationship between psoriasis and metabolic syndrome?
What is the relationship between psoriasis and metabolic syndrome? A study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology sought to determine the association between the two conditions.
Psoriasis is a condition in which skin cells build up and form scales and itchy, dry patches. Several studies have suggested a relationship between psoriasis and metabolic syndrome – a cluster of conditions that increase the risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes.
Fourteen papers including a total of 25,042 patients with psoriasis were analysed in a systematic review. Metabolic syndrome was present in 31.4 per cent of patients with psoriasis. Middle Eastern studies in Israel, Turkey and Lebanon reported greater risk for metabolic syndrome than European studies in Germany, Italy, the UK, Norway and Denmark.
The study concluded that, due to the increased risk for metabolic syndrome, clinicians should consider screening patients with psoriasis for metabolic risk factors.
Rodriguez-Zuniga, M. J. M. et al. (October 2017.) Systematic review and meta-analysis of the association between psoriasis and metabolic syndrome. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. Volume 77, Issue 4, Pages 657–666.e8. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jaad.2017.04.1133
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