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Type 2 diabetes and psoriasis: links and risks

Authors Holm JG, Thomsen SF

Received 15 November 2018

Accepted for publication 24 December 2018

Published 17 January 2019 Volume 2019:9 Pages 1—6


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Review by Single anonymous peer review

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Editor who approved publication: Prof. Dr. Uwe Wollina

Jesper Grønlund Holm,1 Simon Francis Thomsen1,2

1Department of Dermato-Venereology, Bispebjerg Hospital, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark; 2Department of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark

Abstract: Psoriasis (PsO) is one of the most common chronic inflammatory skin diseases with a world prevalence of 2%–4%. The increasing knowledge of the mechanisms driving PsO has raised focus on existing links to metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes (T2D). We reviewed the existing literature of the prevalence and risk of T2D in patients with PsO. The studies reviewed were mainly large retrospective cohort and case–control studies, showing an increased prevalence of T2D in PsO patients compared to controls, particularly in late onset (type 2) PsO. T2D prevalence did not correlate to patient age or severity of PsO in the reviewed studies. Conclusively, T2D was found to be more prevalent in patients with PsO compared to the background population. Several mechanisms involved in lipid transportation seem to be upregulated in PsO patients. Physicians play a key role concerning information about known comorbidity and promotion of early prophylaxis in patients with PsO.

Keywords: psoriasis, type 2 diabetes, association, risk, link

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