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Psoriasis sufferers at higher risk of diabetes, especially after steroid use

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A new study had established a link between psoriasis and an increased risk of diabetes.

BY Amy Anderson 4 July, 2007

The study, published in the April issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, found a higher occurrence of diabetes and atherosclerosis in psoriasis patients compared to patients without psoriasis. Specifically, the researchers found that the association between diabetes and psoriasis was more common in women compared to men and in patients between the ages of 35 and 55. More worryingly, the study also established a link between diabetes and the overuse of extremely potent topical steroids or certain systemic medications for psoriasis. The researchers have yet to discover a cause for the link between the two conditions.

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