Saturday, April 30, 2016

Psoriasis and Obesity May Share Genetic Source

Both Psoriasis and Metabolic disorders have been linked to genetic and environmental exposure, with bad life styles such as smoking, alcohol, stress and decreased physical activities these two go hand in hand for immunoinflammatory pathways. Researchers from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark conducted a study by using twins after filling out a questioner the results concluded that psoriasis affected 4.2% of the participants, 630 of them were men and 771 women, 1.4% had diabetes. Average BMI overall was 24.5 and 6.3% had a BMI of 30-34 which is classified as obese. People with psoriasis had a greater risk of high BMI and obesity than those without psoriasis. In conclusion, researchers stated psoriasis and obesity could partly stem from the same genetic cause, but not one condition does not necessarily lead to the other.

Those individuals who are ignored with psoriasis tend to chose a more sedentary life style which eventually leads to obesity and a higher risk of diabetes. Since there are many, many factors that can correlate these two, further research must be conducted.

I personally enjoyed learning about this topic since I am a pre-med major and psoriasis and obesity are diseases that I will eventually come across with my patients one day. It is interesting to know that these two possibly can correlate with each other. It makes me think as what else can be a correlation due to genes.

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1 comment:

  1. This is interesting because it leads to the question of whether or not we would be able to cure two conditions by manipulating one set of genes using gene therapy.