Is Psoriasis Related to High Blood Pressure and Diabetes?

Women with psoriasis run a higher risk of diabetes and high blood pressure, perhaps because of the underlying inflammation that causes the skin condition, researchers said on Monday. This is the same type of inflammatory condition that is associated with cardiovascular disease that leads to high blood pressure.

Psoriasis should be considered “a systemic disorder, rather than simply a skin disease,” Dr. Abrar Qureshi of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston wrote in a study in the April issue of Archives of Dermatology.

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