Can being overweight cause psoriasis

Psoriasis and obesity linked

In today’s society, the rate of overweight and obese people have skyrocketed due to the prevalence of fast-food, junk food, and high-sugar sodas. People who are overweight or obese, the numbers on the scale are not the only things that increase; they are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, and many other conditions. There is an emotional toll that may affect some people who are overweight; due to the unforgiving standards set by the media many of them may develop depression, low self-esteem, and possibly eating disorders. Excess fat and cholesterol in the body promotes pro-inflammatory substance in the body, as well.

For people with psoriasis, studies have shown that people who diet and exercise to lose weight see a relief of symptoms. Particularly for people with inverse psoriasis, excessive skin folds and friction are the factors that contribute to the severity and location of their psoriatic rashes. Excess weight due to obesity can also contribute to the development of arthritis due to the increased wear and tear of the cartilage of the joints and increased amount of arachidonic acid, which produces inflammatory substances. Refer to the section, Diet and Detoxing, for more information on the effects of dieting to lose weight.

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