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Co-morbidities such as arthritis, high blood pressure or diabetes, are common among people with psoriasis and will also need to be treated or, preferably, prevented.

Since psoriasis is a systemic inflammatory disease, people with psoriasis have a greater risk of developing other chronic and serious health conditions such as diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, cancer, psoriatic arthritis, depression and high blood pressure when compared with the general population.

Therefore, consult with your doctor if you are experiencing symptoms of depression or problems such as unusual fatigue and chest pain, or increased urination, which can be signs of heart trouble or diabetes, respectively.

You can find more information about psoriasis related conditions in websites such as the following:, which is the website of the National Psoriasis Foundation, with links to regional groups in different areas in the US.



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