Psoriasis Linked to Hypertension, Diabetes
Study Shows Women With Psoriasis Have Greater Risk of Hypertension and Diabetes
The new study adds to the credibility of the link between psoriasis and
other disorders, according to William H. Eaglstein, MD, emeritus chair of the
department of dermatology and cutaneous surgery in the Miller School of
Medicine at the University of Miami. Eaglstein wrote an editorial about the
Qureshi study and other research.
The follow-up design was important to find the link, he tells WebMD, as was
the large sample size. "The size was probably needed to make the connection,"
Whether the link is due to inflammation alone or something else combined
with the inflammation is not known, says Eaglstein, who is also vice president
of global medical science for Stiefel Laboratories Inc., a pharmaceutical
company that makes skin care products.
Until more is known about the link between psoriasis, diabetes, and blood
pressure problems, he says, "The take-home message is that both patients and
physicians should be alert to the possibility."