Posts for category: Psoriasis

April 13, 2014
Category: Psoriasis
Tags: triglycerides   liver disease   diabetes   obesity   smoking  


                         A recent study implicates  psoriasis with a 70 % increased likelihood of developing non-alcoholic

fatty liver disease (NAFLD) which is the most common form of chronic liver disease in Western countries.

                        In addition,psoriasis patients with NAFLD were also 60 % more likely to have the severe form


                       The most distinguishing feature of NAFLD is tha accumulation of triglycerides (a type of lipid

or fat) in the liver cells called hepatocytes.

                      Risk factors for NAFLD besides psoriasis include diabetes mellitus,hypertension,obesity,

a sedentary lifestyle,smoking and a pure diet.

                      Besides advising my patients with psoriasis about the increased cardiovascular risks

(see my earlier post on the "heartbreak"of psoriasis), I shall now inform them of the non-alcoholic

fatty liver disease risk and again recommend  regular checkups with their healthcare practitioner.



April 13, 2014
Category: Psoriasis


                                  Years ago we often commented about the psychological pain of psoriasis and called it 

the "heartbreak"of psoriasis.  Well, today  I make it a point to tell my patients with psoriasis that recent research

shows an increase of cardiovascular problems including coronary artery disease,high blood pressure,and diabetes

especially in those with moderate to severe psoriasis.

                                  And,I urge them to get regular checkups with their health care practitioner to monitor for

these problems.