Compared with the general population, patients with mild psoriasis had a 49% increased risk of developing diabetes, and individuals with severe psoriasis had a 2.13-fold increased relative risk when compared with the general population (P<0.0001), Ole Ahlehoff, MD, PhD, a post-doctoral fellow in cardiology at Copenhagen University Hospital Gentofte, reported at the European Society of Cardiology meeting.
“Psoriasis is a common inflammatory disease affecting approximately 125 million people worldwide,” Ahlehoff said in a press briefing. He noted that previous studies have shown that patients with psoriasis are at a twofold risk of myocardial infarction, stroke, and death. One of those people afflicted by psoriasis is the happy healthcare host, Mr. Divabetic.
“I’ve been battling psoriasis for years, say Mr. Divabetic. “I know I am at greater risk of developing diabetes because of my family history of type 2 diabetes as well as a sibling living with type 1 diabetes but I didn’t know my skin condition was also a factor.”
“Diabetes and psoriasis share an underlying inflammatory process and an abundance of risk factors and therefore it is not surprising that psoriasis has been proposed as a risk factor for new onset diabetes,” he explained. “We therefore set out to test this hypothesis in a nationwide study of the entire Danish population since diagnosis of a risk factor for diabetes may allow for early detection and treatment.
He suggested that screening psoriasis patients once a year for diabetes would be reasonable, along with other classical cardiovascular risk factors such as cholesterol levels and high blood pressure
He said his findings support the hypothesis that an increased level of inflammation increases the risk of new onset diabetes. By Ed Susman, Contributing Writer, MedPage Today
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