The Connection Between Psoriasis and Other Diseases

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Psoriasis may raise your odds of getting certain other conditions, including heart disease and cancer. But chances are, you're not going to get them. You can work with your doctor to prevent problems or spot them early, too.

If you have severe psoriasis, it might raise your chances of having heart disease or a stroke. Research suggests that treating your skin condition can lower the risks to your heart and blood vessels. Psoriasis is linked to some types of cancer as well, including lymphoma and skin cancer. To stay on top of these risks, ask your doctor if you're getting all the cancer screening tests you need.

Your skin condition might also make you more likely to get type 2 diabetes. You can lower your risk by losing any extra weight and getting routine blood sugar tests.

Up to 30% of people with psoriasis get psoriatic arthritis. It's a long-term condition that can bring on stiff, swollen, and painful joints. If you notice signs like these, talk to your doctor right away. Treatment can stop it from getting worse, or slow it down.

The stress of psoriasis can raise your chances of getting depression. But research shows that getting your skin condition under control can ease depression symptoms. Knowing the risks is the first step in staying healthy. With the help of your doctor, you can keep your risks to a minimum.