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Researchers at the University of California have found that individuals with mild psoriasis are 1.5 times more likely and those with severe psoriasis are twice as likely to have diabetes.

Psoriasis is a skin disorder that can be hereditary and considered to be an autoimmune disorder.  The body thinks the skin as foreign and attacks it causing an inflammatory response.  The skin will have red patches accompanied by slivery-white scales of dead skin.  The skin disorder is not contagious, but can be itchy.  Psoriasis can commonly appear on elbows, legs, back, chest, scalp and hands (Monti, 2012).

Although additional research needs to be done to understand this link, it is believed the immune pathway becomes altered making individuals with psoriasis more susceptible to developing diabetes.  Researchers also believe that fat cells in individuals with psoriasis may not function properly which can lead to an increase in insulin resistance in the liver (Casey, 2012).

To read more about this study and psoriasis, click on the following links:

Casey, C. (2012, October 17). Strong link between psoriasis and diabetes. Retrieved October 19, 2012, from Futurity: http://www.furity.org/health-medicine-strong-link-between-psoriasis-and-diabetes

Monti, J. (2012, October 19). Psoriasis. Retrieved October 19, 2012, from Yahoo Health: http://health.yahoo.net/health/psoriasis-overview