We know that psoriasis tends to run in families. It’s caused by an overactive immune system that triggers inflammation and excessive production of skin cells, which accumulate in thickened, itchy patches. Now, researchers have found that people with psoriasis are more likely to develop diabetes than those without this condition.
To determine this, a UC Davis assistant professor headed up a research team that looked at 27 previous psoriasis studies, including five that tracked the link between psoriasis and diabetes. After looking at roughly 314,000 people with psoriasis and comparing them with the general population, researchers found that people with mild psoriasis are one-and-a-half times more likely to develop diabetes than the general population, and those with severe psoriasis have twice the risk.
What does this mean for you? If you have psoriasis, you need to be extra diligent about diet, exercise, and maintaining a healthy weight. If you already have diabetes, you can help to reverse it with lifestyle changes and targeted supplements. My Mini-Fast with Exercise is another good place to start.
As far as managing psoriasis, there are two natural therapies I recommend:
- The first is Olivenol, an extract from olives. The therapeutic benefits were discovered by accident when researchers were examining the effects of olive polyphenols on blood fats and inflammatory markers linked to heart health. A handful of the study subjects happened to have psoriasis, and after taking the olive extract (Olivenol) for a couple of months, their skin unexpectedly improved—in some cases, dramatically.
- Another natural therapy for psoriasis comes from whey, a dairy byproduct used primarily as a protein supplement. We’ve known for years that whey contains a number of growth factors and other bioactive proteins that modulate immune function. One of these proteins, XP-828L, has been studied for its effects on psoriasis. When 84 patients with mild-to-moderate disease took 5–10 grams of a whey protein supplement (BioDERM) daily, more than one-fifth of them had improvements after eight weeks, and nearly a third had significant improvements after 16 weeks.
Olivenol and BioDERM can be found in most health food stores. Try them one at a time until you find the product that works best for you. Use as directed.
Now it’s your turn: Do you have a psoriasis solution to share?