Psoriasis Linked to Heart Disease
Psoriasis Link to Heart Disease
Interesting results have been found in a recent study looking at case histories of patients with psoriasis, revealing a link between the debilitating skin condition and heart disease. The University of Pennsylvania research team examined 3,600 psoriasis patients and compared them to a group of 14,300 controls from a general practice database, identifying a 50% increase in the likelihood of cardiac disease with psoriasis. Furthermore, the risk of death from MACE increased by 57% in cases of severe psoriasis. This kind of retrospective research is known to reveal otherwise undiscovered links between diseases that can then provide avenues of future research. That psoriasis and major adverse cardiac events (MACE) are linked could reveal some common risks for the two diseases, indicating that treating one may lead to a reduced risk of the other occurring. In the short term however these common features have not been identified, but it at least shows that MACE patients with psoriasis ought to be treated as higher risk patients compared to those with heart disease in the absence of psoriasis.
What Causes Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a skin condition that is relatively common in Western society. It is linked heavily to diet and lifestyle and is known to become exacerbated by a poor diet high in alcohol, acidic foods and refined sugar. Psoriasis can also be an allergic condition, with prolonged consumption or exposure to allergens leading to expression of the skin disease. In addition to making permanent changes to the diet and lifestyle patterns, which is not always possible, there are a variety of supplements which can be easily taken to boost levels of certain vitamins, minerals and nutrients in the body. Often simple changes in the diet can avoid the necessity for prescription drugs that often come with undesirable side effects and may make the patient dependent without restoring a natural balance within the body.
Natural Remedies for Psoriasis
Using natural remedies for psoriasis may help both psoriasis and heart disease. Known for its many positive health benefits, fish oil supplements are known to be a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids. These have a reparative effect on skin condition and have been shown to improve psoriasis in clinical research studies. Vitamin B12, Vitamin E, Zinc, Selenium and Folic Acid have also all been shown to ameliorate symptoms of psoriasis. Herbal extracts such as Milk Thistle can also have a positive effect on the condition of the skin. Milk Thistle is widely appreciated for its detoxifying action and specifically targets the liver, helping to remove substances that would otherwise have a negative effect upon psoriasis symptoms.