We know that psoriasis tends to run in families. This condition is caused by an overactive immune system that triggers inflammation and excessive production of skin cells, which accumulate in thickened, itchy patches. Researchers have also discovered that people with psoriasis are more likely to develop diabetes than those without this condition.
To determine the link between psoriasis and diabetes risk, a research team at the University of California, Davis reviewed 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.
How to Get a Handle on Diabetes and Psoriasis
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 for managing psoriasis, there are several natural therapies available. Here are two of the natural treatments for psoriasis I recommend.
The first is Olivenol, an extract from olives. Its therapeutic benefits for psoriasis 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 Olivenol for a couple of months, their skin unexpectedly improved—in some cases, dramatically.
The other natural treatment for psoriasis I suggest trying 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 psoriasis took 5–10 grams of a whey protein supplement called 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?