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Weight’s a heavy issue for psoriasis

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Obese patients are more likely to develop the skin condition psoriasis, according to a new report.

10 February, 2009 – 15:35

The hormone leptin, which is produced by fat cells, was found to be far higher in the blood of people with psoriasis. Yi-Ju Chen, M.D., of the Taichung Veterans General Hospital and National Chung Hsing University, Taiwan studied 77 patients with psoriasis and 81 without the skin condition.

Those suffering from psoriasis were found to be more obese than those not, and to have far higher levels of leptin in their blood, with women psoriasis sufferers having an even higher levels of obesity and leptin levels than men suffering form the condition.

Loosing weight can significantly lower leptin levels in the blood and so reduce the risk of psoriasis. So get on that treadmill ladies!

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