Psoriasis Linked to Obesity and Other Components of Metabolic Syndrome
For the past 30 years, the only reason I've gone to the dermatologist for my psoriasis is when I've run out of refills for the prescription creams and foams I use as needed. He usually gives me a prescription that can be filled many times, so I don't go very often. He's always acted as if psoriasis is just a pesky rash on my elbows and scalp, and I've always thought of it as just that. In reality, psoriasis is a chronic disease and is associated with nearly double the rate of metabolic syndrome that people without psoriasis will have! People with psoriasis need to take care of their total health and be screened for the individual components of metabolic syndrome like high blood sugar, obesity, high triglycerides, and low HDL levels, and take steps to correct any problems that are found before they progress on to diabetes or cardiovascular disease.