There are two important reasons for physicians to address the role of diet when managing psoriasis patients. One is to limit risks of cardiovascular and metabolic comorbidities. The other is to potentially improve psoriasis severity.
Evidence suggests certain food types can flare psoriasis and losing weight can improve treatment response for some with psoriasis, according to Rajani Katta, M.D., co-author of an article that examines how dietary changes can impact skin diseases ― including psoriasis, published earlier this year in Skin Therapy Letter.
“We know that patients who have psoriasis are at higher risk for diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and a number of metabolic abnormalities. It’s really important that psoriasis patients know that and realize that changing their diet can be an important part of preventing these comorbidities,” said Dr. Katta, a dermatologist with Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston.
Check out the recommended dietary triggers and suggestions from experts.