Psoriasis linked to diabetes

Psoriasis, the chronic skin condition with obvious, itchy symptoms has been linked to diabetes and atherosclerosis in a new study. Diabetics and healthcare experts will welcome the reports.
Psoriasis is a particularly physical condition, with patients suffering from thick, red, scaly sores that itch and sometimes bleed. The condition is by no means rare, with as many as 7.5 million Americans suffering. The report, published in the journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, was conducted at the Dermatology Department of the Rabin Medical Centre, Tel Aviv, Israel.
Experts, including dermatologist Michael David, found that diabetes is linked to psoriasis in Israel. The study was entitled “The association between psoriasis, diabetes mellitus, and atherosclerosis in Israel: A case-control study,”
Dr David reportedly commented: “Previous reports have demonstrated an association between psoriasis and other diseases, including heart failure and diabetes. Our study was designed to determine if such an association existed with psoriasis patients in Israel, if so, what subset of this patient population was most affected.”
He concluded: “When we compared the age-adjusted proportion of diabetes and atherosclerosis between patients with psoriasis and those patients in the control group, we found that the proportion of both medical conditions was significantly higher in psoriasis patients vs. the control group. Examining the data among the psoriasis patients by age and gender, we also found several interesting associations.”

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