“It’s a mistake to think that psoriasis is just a skin disease,” said Dr. Gary Goldenberg, a dermatologist at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, adding to Everyday Health the findings aren’t new. “We now know that it’s a disease of systemic inflammation… Similar inflammation likely occurs throughout the body, which can lead to diabetes, heart disease and even cancer.”
Psoriasis isn’t just a skin disease. This comes as a surprise to many patients. In fact, psoriasis is associated with multiple internal problems, such as lymphoma, heart diseases, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and metabolic syndrome, obesity, arthritis, depression, smoking, alcohol abuse, and lung disease.
The inflammation you see on your skin is happening under the skin as well. Therefore, I counsel all my patients about these risks. Systemic treatments, such as with biologics, can help decrease some of these risks as well.