Today is World Psoriasis Day, a day dedicated to the 125 million people living with psoriasis worldwide. The International Federation of Psoriasis Associations (IFPA) sets a theme every year and the theme for 2017 is “Psoriasis Inside Out”. In line with the theme, this year is all about showing all aspects of the disease and giving a face to psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis.
A Short Insight into Psoriasis
Psoriasis is a chronic disease where the overactive immune system sends out signals that cause inflammation in the body and amplify the growth of skin cells. It is a skin disease that causes red, scaly skin that may feel painful, swollen or hot. While scientists believe that at least 10% of people inherit one or more of the genes that can cause psoriasis, only 2-3% of this population develops the disease. According to researchers, this difference is due to the fact that, to develop psoriasis an individual should have a combination of the genes that cause psoriasis and should also be exposed to external factors called as “triggers.”
Some effects of psoriasis:
Psoriasis can be hard to diagnose as it looks like any other skin disease. It is better to get in touch with your physician if you have any doubts. Your doctor might suggest creams, prescription drugs, ultraviolet light therapy, shots or a combination of these treatments.
Individuals with psoriasis feel powerless many-a-time and think of controlling their diet to control their life and fight against the disease. But does diet modification practically help in reducing the impact of this powerful disease?
Although there is no conclusive evidence on the impact of diet on psoriasis, patients bet that they feel better and healthy when they stay on a healthy weight and balanced blood sugar & cholesterol levels-even when these do little for the skin and joints. Most people follow these nutrition tips to combat psoriasis:
AVOID FRAUD. EAT SMART.
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Dietitian & Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.