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How can losing weight help psoriatic arthritis?

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If you have psoiatic arthritis and you're overweight, you're more likely to have pain, tender and swollen joints, and other symptoms than people who aren’t carrying extra pounds, a recent study showed. You’re also prone to other illnesses, like heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and cancer. It could also make it hard for your doctor to figure out the right dose of medication to prescribe for your condition.

Drop the weight, and you’ll ease the symptoms that come with this painful condition, the National Psoriasis Foundation says.

SOURCES:

The Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology: “Epidemiology of psoriatic arthritis in the population of the United States”

Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, The Eular Jounal: “Obesity is associated with a lower probability of achieving sustained minimal disease activity state among patients with psoriatic arthritis”

Arthritis Foundation: “How Overweight and Obesity Affect Psoriatic Arthritis,” “Psoriatic Arthritis Treatments.”

National Psoriasis Foundation: “Diet and Nutrition.”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “What Are the Health Risks of Overweight and Obesity?”

National Psoriasis Foundation: “Anti-Inflammatory Diet."

American College of Rheumatology: “Psoriatic Arthritis.”

Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center: “Psoriatic Arthritis Treatment.”

National Psoriasis Foundation: “Living With Psoriatic Arthritis,” “Stress and psoriatic disease,” “Herbs/Natural Remedies,” “Alternative Therapies.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 17, 2018

SOURCES:

The Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology: “Epidemiology of psoriatic arthritis in the population of the United States”

Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, The Eular Jounal: “Obesity is associated with a lower probability of achieving sustained minimal disease activity state among patients with psoriatic arthritis”

Arthritis Foundation: “How Overweight and Obesity Affect Psoriatic Arthritis,” “Psoriatic Arthritis Treatments.”

National Psoriasis Foundation: “Diet and Nutrition.”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “What Are the Health Risks of Overweight and Obesity?”

National Psoriasis Foundation: “Anti-Inflammatory Diet."

American College of Rheumatology: “Psoriatic Arthritis.”

Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center: “Psoriatic Arthritis Treatment.”

National Psoriasis Foundation: “Living With Psoriatic Arthritis,” “Stress and psoriatic disease,” “Herbs/Natural Remedies,” “Alternative Therapies.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 17, 2018

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