People with psoriasis have double risk of getting metabolic syndrome
Reykjavik – Individuals with psoriasis have a higher risk of developing metabolic syndrome than people without the skin disorder (Archives of Dermatology, 20 Dec.). Using data from 6,549 individuals who participated in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, Thorvardur Jon Love, M.D., of Landspitali University Hospital, Reykjavik, and colleagues found that 40 percent of psoriasis patients also showed features of the metabolic syndrome, compared to 23 percent among controls. The most common feature of metabolic syndrome amongst individuals with psoriasis was abdominal obesity (63 percent), followed by high triglyceride levels (44 percent) and low levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) or "good" cholesterol (34 percent). No elements of metabolic syndrome were found in 28 percent of individuals without psoriasis compared with 13 percent of those with psoriasis.