Psoriasis Linked to Heart Disease, Cancer
Studies Also Show Link to Increased Risk of Diabetes and Depression
Psoriasis Linked to Obesity, Depression
The list of medical conditions associated with psoriasis doesn't end there,
Among others, he tells WebMD, are obesity, Crohn's disease, diabetes,
depression, sexual dysfunction, arthritis, and chronic obstructive pulmonary
In addition, studies have shown that people with psoriasis tend to drink and
smoke a lot, Menter says. Detrimental behaviors can aggravate some conditions
associated with psoriasis, such as heart disease and COPD, he says.
According to Ahlehoff, the underlying inflammation that drives the
development of psoriasis appears to predispose people to cardiovascular
disease, which also is thought to be fueled by inflammation.
But in the case of the other medical conditions, "we are unsure whether
psoriasis causes other diseases or that these other diseases cause psoriasis,"
The important thing is that people with psoriasis undergo a thorough health
evaluation, he says.