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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, Menter says.

Among others, he tells WebMD, are obesity, Crohn's disease, diabetes, depression, sexual dysfunction, arthritis, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

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," Menter says.

The important thing is that people with psoriasis undergo a thorough health evaluation, he says.

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