Yourwellness Magazine Explores the Claim That a Low-calorie Diet Could Help Combat Psoriasis

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With a new study providing evidence that obesity is connected to skin conditions, Yourwellness Magazine investigates whether losing weight can help treat psoriasis.

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Researchers at the Copenhagen University Hospital Gentofte discovered that those suffering with psoriasis could combat the condition by losing weight. The results of a clinical trial showed that people who lost weight via a low-calorie diet experienced a significant improvement to the quality of their skin, including less stinging, burning and reduced lesions on the skin. This inflammatory skin disease tends to develop in people whose immune system is damaged, leading to skin cells developing too quickly.

Healthfinder cited the results of the study which was published online on 29th May in the journal JAMA Dermatology. Leading the study, Dr. Larry Green explained that “anytime someone is obese, it's going to affect how their body can heal because it's a stress on the body and stress affects inflammation...By losing weight, they’re going to reduce the burden on their body”. Furthermore, obesity has been linked to the increased production of cytokines in the blood - these proteins regulate the immune system’s responses, which can promote psoriasis. (http://www.healthfinder.gov/News/Article/676848/weight-loss-might-ease-psoriasis-study-hints)

With this in mind, Yourwellness Magazine explored the association between skin conditions and obesity. According to Yourwellness Magazine, in a study based in America, children who showed signs of severe psoriasis were up to seven times more likely to be obese than those without the condition. There are arguments on both sides of the debate which questions which condition precedes the development of the other - many scientists believe that the dangers obesity causes to our overall wellbeing could be a prime concern. (http://www.yourwellness.com/2012/12/links-between-skin-conditions-and-obesity/).

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