Psoriasis & Type 2: What’s the Connection?
By Deborah Mitchell for EmaxHealth.com
Psoriasis is an inflammatory disease that affects the skin while type 2 diabetes is a condition characterized by high levels of sugar in the bloodstream. On the surface, there doesn’t appear to be a connection between these two conditions, yet a new study suggests that psoriasis is a risk factor for type 2 diabetes.
Why is psoriasis a risk factor for diabetes?
Psoriasis is a chronic condition that typically causes red, raised patches of silver-white patches of dead skin cells to appear anywhere on the body, although it can also manifest as smooth, bright-red lesions or blisters. As many as 7.5 million Americans have psoriasis, which is the most common autoimmune disease in the United States.
Type 2 diabetes is a condition in which the body either does not produce enough insulin or the cells cannot properly utilize the insulin. The task of insulin is to transport sugar (glucose) from the bloodstream into the cells. So far, nothing suggests psoriasis and type 2 diabetes have a connection.
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