Skin Disease Linked to Serious Illness

Published 08/07 2013 04:37PM

Updated 08/07 2013 04:40PM

Scientists at the University of Pennsylvania say people with psoriasis are  more likely to develop problems with their lungs, heart, kidneys, liver and pancreas.
Psoriasis is the most common auto-immune disease, affecting as many as seven and a half million Americans. Past research has linked the chronic condition to diabetes and heart disease.

In a new study of more than 9,000 psoriasis patients , doctors found as the severity of the skin disease increased, so did the patients' chances of lung  disease, diabetes, liver disease, and heart attack .
Researchers suspect the link between psoriasis and these other illnesses is inflammation.

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