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How does psoriasis affect diabetes?

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People who have psoriasis are more likely to get type 2 diabetes. That's a condition that makes it hard for your body to make and use the hormone insulin. And the worse your skin problem is, the greater your chances of getting diabetes. More research is needed to explain why this happens, but your immune system may have something to do with it. Psoriasis, which causes raised, red, flaky, and itchy patches on your skin, is an autoimmune disease. That means your immune system attacks part of your own body by mistake. In this case, it's your skin. One theory is that psoriasis could change your immune system enough that over time, it starts going after and killing cells that make insulin.

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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