Psoriasis is a chronic disease that is associated with multiple comorbidities. Among those, Diabetes, according to registry data published in 2018 affects around 14% of patients that suffer from psoriasis. Some researchers claim that whole body inflammation is present in both psoriasis and diabetes, which can be a link between both. Besides inflammation can result in insulin resistance, which can lead to the development of type 2 diabetes, the most common. Another possible explanation by some researchers, is that people that suffer from either diabetes or psoriasis have increased levels of cytokines (small proteins that have an important role in the cell communication within the immune system) or proteins that can lead to inflammation.
So you should be aware of the type 2 diabetes symptoms, according to the American Diabetes Association:
- Frequent urination
- Unusual thirst
- Extreme hunger
- Unusual weight loss
- Extreme fatigue and irritability
- Frequent infections
- Blurred vision
- Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal
- Tingling/numbness in the hands/feet
- Recurring skin, gum, or bladder infections
So remember if you suspect or have any of these symptoms, reach out to your doctor for help.
- Strober et al. Characterization of disease burden, comorbidities, and treatment use in a large, US-based cohort: Results from the Corrona Psoriasis Registry, American Academy of Dermatology, 2017:78(2):323-332.
- Topics [Internet] immunology, cytokines. https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/immunology-and-microbiology/cytokines. Accessed: 9/7/2018.
- American Diabetes Association [Internet]. http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/symptoms/. Accessed: 9/7/2018.