8 Diseases You Didn’t Know Were Linked to Psoriasis

8 Diseases You Didn’t Know Were Linked to Psoriasis

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8 Diseases You Didn’t Know Were Linked to Psoriasis

Psoriasis is more than just a skin disease! Research has shown that psoriasis is a more complex disease can have severe effects on the body. Click on each picture below to learn more about eight other psoriasis-related diseases.

Depression is common among psoriasis sufferers with 63% complaining about the disease affecting their emotional wellbeing. This can be attributed to a combination of body image issues and physical discomfort.

Psoriasis increases the risk for developing a heart attack and stroke1. According to the Annual Report of the Malaysian Psoriasis Registry 2016, 5.6% of adult patients with psoriasis had ischaemic heart disease and 1.6% had a previous history of stroke3.

Metabolic syndrome is characterized by a cluster of conditions including heart disease, hypertension, Type 2 diabetes, increased waist circumference and abnormal blood cholesterol or fat levels4. In Malaysia, as many as 23.6% of psoriasis patients are obese, 26.3% have hypertension and 17.4% are known diabetics3.

PCOS is a condition that affects a woman’s hormone levels. Small cysts form on the ovaries, which can increase the risk of developing endometrial cancers. PCOS can also result in fertility issues, adult acne and development of facial hair. Women with psoriasis are at six times greater risk for developing PCOS.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
COPD is a chronic inflammation of the airways that obstructs airflow5. It can be fatal and lead to severely reduced quality of life6. Research has indicated that those with psoriasis are at a greater risk of developing COPD7.

Psoriasis does not affect a woman’s ability to get pregnant. However, some women with severe psoriasis are more
likely to have a baby with low birth weight than those without psoriasis.

IBD is an umbrella term used to describe disorders involving chronic inflammation of your digestive tract9. Psoriasis patients are nearly three times more likely to develop IBD10. Common symptoms include diarrhoea, fever, reduced appetite, weight loss and bloody stools7.

Many people with severe psoriasis develop psoriatic arthritis. While some patients present joint pain and stiffness, 1 out of 10 psoriasis patients go undiagnosed1. Psoriatic arthritis affects up to 30% of patients with psoriasis2.

Have these diseases crossed your mind before? Discuss them with your doctor during your next appointment.



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  2. National Psoriasis Foundation. About psoriatic arthritis. Available at: https://www.psoriasis.org/about-psoriatic-arthritis. Last accessed May 14, 2019.
  3. National Dermatology Registry. The Ninth Annual Report of the Malaysian Psoriasis Registry 2007-2016. Available from http://www.acrm.org.my/dermreg/documents/Annual_Report_MPR_2007_2016.pdf. Last accessed April 3, 2019
  4. Mayo Clinic. Metabolic syndrome. Available from https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/metabolic-syndrome/symptoms-causes/syc-20351916. Last accessed April 2, 2019.
  5. Mayo Clinic. COPD Overview. Available from https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/copd/symptoms-causes/syc-20353679. Last accessed April 3, 2019.
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    /141287.php?iacp. Last accessed April 3, 2019.

  7. Chiang Y, Lin HW. Association between psoriasis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: a population-based study in Taiwan. Available from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21388457. Last accessed April 3, 2019.
  8. Healthline. Will psoriasis affect my pregnancy? Available from https://www.healthline.com/health/psoriasis/psoriasis-and-pregnancy#effects-of-psoriasis. Last accessed May 14, 2019.
  9. Mayo Clinic. Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Available from https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/inflammatory-bowel-disease/symptoms-causes/syc-20353315. Last accessed April 2, 2019.
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