Psoriatic disease is a systemic condition, meaning that the inflammation associated with it also has the potential to affect other parts of the body. When this occurs, it is called a comorbidity.
Other diseases that are more likely to occur simultaneously with psoriasis include rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, diabetes, obesity and heart disease.1 Having psoriasis does not mean that you will experience these other conditions, just that you are at a somewhat increased risk of doing so. Read more about comorbidities in this section.
1 Reich K. The concept of psoriasis as a systemic inflammation: implications for disease management. Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology. 2012. 26(s2):3-11
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