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Study: Psoriasis in Kids Linked to Obesity, Heart Risks

Overweight, Obese Children at Higher Risk of Developing the Inflammatory Skin Condition, Researchers Say

Psoriasis a Red Flag for Heart Risk in Kids continued...

“Psoriasis in children is hard to miss and a red flag that could be another marker of inflammation and is worth pursuing,” Cooper says.

This study may well be a game-changer, says Robin P. Gehris, MD, the chief of pediatric dermatologic surgery at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

“It is going to change how we manage psoriasis and how and when we talk to families about heart disease prevention,” she says.

There is a wide range of severity when it comes to psoriasis. “I would have a conversation about cholesterol screening with families of children with more widespread disease, especially if they were overweight or obese,” she says.

“Even in the mildly overweight kids with psoriasis, lipid and liver enzymes should be checked yearly,” she says.

Heart disease is preventable, and now doctors may be able to intervene earlier. “This is ammunition for us to be able to refer children to weight loss centers and this can help control psoriasis and heart disease risk factors,” she says.

In addition, treating psoriasis will hopefully reduce inflammation in other body areas, she says.

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