The risk of developing type 2 diabetes may be higher in people who suffer with psoriasis, a chronic skin disorder that affects around 2 per cent of the UK population.
To analyse a possible link between the two conditions, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia reviewed data on over 100,000 people with psoriasis and roughly 430,700 people without the disease aged 18 and over.
Psoriasis patients were divided into three groups – overall, mild and severe psoriasis – and were then followed for incidence of type 2 diabetes.
The results showed that individuals in the severe group had the highest risk of becoming diabetic, and were also more likely to receive diabetic treatment than those who had diabetes but were not affected by psoriasis .
While the researchers stressed that more evidence is needed to confirm these findings, they concluded that psoriasis may well be an independent risk factor for the development of type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that causes red, flaky, crusty patches of skin covered with silvery scales. The condition is not infectious but is recurring, and, in severe cases, can have a major impact on a person’s quality of life.

Get our free newsletters

Stay up to date with the latest news, research and breakthroughs.

You May Also Like

Public Health England considers low carb approach for type 2 diabetes

The low carb approach is being considered by the government to be…

Twice daily dairy intakes could reduce type 2 diabetes risk

Eating cheese, yoghurt or eggs twice a day could help lower the…

Top diabetes professor drafts risk assessment document for frontline COVID-19 staff

The health and wellbeing of frontline NHS staff has been prioritised among…