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How is psoriasis treated if you have diabetes?

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Psoriasis can make you more likely to get type 2 diabetes, especially if your skin disease is serious. There's some evidence that taking biologic drugs for psoriasis may help your body respond to insulin. And certain drugs that treat diabetes -- thiazolidinedione (Actos, Avandia) and GLP-1 receptor agonists (Victoza, Trulicity) -- may also help your psoriasis. But steroids can raise your blood sugar and even lead to type 2 diabetes if you take them for a long time. People with psoriatic arthritis sometimes get steroid injections to ease painful swollen joints, but be careful about that if you have diabetes or are at risk for it. In some cases, topical steroid medicine also may cause blood sugar problems. Follow your doctor's instructions about how much to use and for how long.

SOURCES:

National Psoriasis Foundation.

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Questions and Answers About Psoriasis," "Psoriatic Arthritis."

American Academy of Dermatology: "Psoriasis."

UptoDate: "Treatment of psoriasis," "Patient education: Psoriasis (Beyond the Basics)."

Al-Mutairi, N. March 2016. Cutis,

Gisondi, P. May 2015. Global Dermatology,

Malhotra, A. December 2012. Evidence-Based Medicine,

Buysschaert, M. July 2014. British Journal of Dermatology,

Hogan, A. November 2011. Diabetologia,

Hwang, J. February 2014. Diabetes/Metabolism Research and Reviews,

van der Linden, M. 2009. Drug Safety,

Hengge, U. January 2006. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology,

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on July 12, 2019

SOURCES:

National Psoriasis Foundation.

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Questions and Answers About Psoriasis," "Psoriatic Arthritis."

American Academy of Dermatology: "Psoriasis."

UptoDate: "Treatment of psoriasis," "Patient education: Psoriasis (Beyond the Basics)."

Al-Mutairi, N. March 2016. Cutis,

Gisondi, P. May 2015. Global Dermatology,

Malhotra, A. December 2012. Evidence-Based Medicine,

Buysschaert, M. July 2014. British Journal of Dermatology,

Hogan, A. November 2011. Diabetologia,

Hwang, J. February 2014. Diabetes/Metabolism Research and Reviews,

van der Linden, M. 2009. Drug Safety,

Hengge, U. January 2006. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology,

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on July 12, 2019

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