People with the chronic irritated, flaky skin condition called psoriasis may also be at risk for another chronic disease: type 2 diabetes. Both diseases are driven by inflammation. The same cells that trigger the inflammation of psoriasis are also associated with insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. Because psoriasis is a systemwide inflammatory disease, there’s also a correlation between psoriasis and other inflammation-sensitive conditions such as arthritis and cardiovascular disease. People with psoriasis are advised to pay attention to cardiovascular risk factors such as obesity, hypertension, high cholesterol, and type 2 diabetes or insulin resistance. They are also advised to get yearly blood pressure checks and laboratory assessment of blood sugar and fats.
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