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How can treatments for psoriasis affect diabetes?

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Your doctor may be able to give you medicine that helps keep both health issues in check. For instance, some people who take a type 2 diabetes drug called a glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) notice that their skin gets better. This may be because it slows down your immune system. That helps ease inflammation throughout your body. On the other hand, some drugs that treat psoriasis can raise your blood sugar and make your diabetes harder to control. That means your doctor probably won't give you corticosteroids (steroids) or cyclosporine, which are both used to calm inflammation.

SOURCES:

Delphine J. Lee, MD, PHD, FAAD, chief and residency program director, division of dermatology, department of medicine, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Torrance, CA; principal investigator, Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute, Torrance CA;  director, Dermatological Center for Skin Health at Providence SJHC, Santa Monica, CA.

Global Dermatology : "Systemic therapy of psoriasis in diabetic patients."

Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology : "Persistent hypoglycemia in a patient with diabetes taking etanercept for the treatment of psoriasis."

UC Davis Health: "People with severe psoriasis have nearly twice the risk of diabetes."

UpToDate: "Treatment of psoriasis."

National Psoriasis Foundation: "Type 2 diabetes drug helps psoriasis, too," "Six diet tips to help with psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis," "How to build your own health care team," "Stress and psoriatic disease."

American Diabetes Association: "Weight Loss," "Skin Care," "Foot Care," "Stress."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Questions and Answers about Psoriasis."

UW Health: "A Sweet Alternative: Topical Honey Shows Promise in Healing Diabetic Ulcers."

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on May 3, 2019

SOURCES:

Delphine J. Lee, MD, PHD, FAAD, chief and residency program director, division of dermatology, department of medicine, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Torrance, CA; principal investigator, Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute, Torrance CA;  director, Dermatological Center for Skin Health at Providence SJHC, Santa Monica, CA.

Global Dermatology : "Systemic therapy of psoriasis in diabetic patients."

Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology : "Persistent hypoglycemia in a patient with diabetes taking etanercept for the treatment of psoriasis."

UC Davis Health: "People with severe psoriasis have nearly twice the risk of diabetes."

UpToDate: "Treatment of psoriasis."

National Psoriasis Foundation: "Type 2 diabetes drug helps psoriasis, too," "Six diet tips to help with psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis," "How to build your own health care team," "Stress and psoriatic disease."

American Diabetes Association: "Weight Loss," "Skin Care," "Foot Care," "Stress."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Questions and Answers about Psoriasis."

UW Health: "A Sweet Alternative: Topical Honey Shows Promise in Healing Diabetic Ulcers."

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on May 3, 2019

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