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While you’re applying every lotion, cream and natural remedy advised by your doctor, your friends, even Google to soothe your skin, are you doing enough to protect your heart from psoriasis?

As unbelievable as it may sound, research shows that chronic psoriasis may increase your risk of heart disease and other life-long conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and obesity.

Psoriasis & Your Heart: What Research Says
An analysis of 15 cohort studies published in the International Journal of Cardiology found that psoriasis was associated with a significantly increased risk of stroke, myocardial infarction, cardiovascular events and mortality.

The severity of a person’s psoriasis was found to be linked to the amount of inflammation in the blood vessels of the participants, a factor that increases your risk of heart disease. The findings led to the recommendation that all patients with psoriasis should undergo detailed screening and management of cardiovascular risk. [1]

Another large study published in Journal of American Medical Association (involving a total of 556,995 patients) says that psoriasis may confer an independent risk of myocardial infarction (or heart attack), with the risk being greatest in young patients with severe psoriasis. [2]

In fact, psoriasis has been linked to other health conditions as well. Whether these conditions can be triggered by psoriasis or vice versa is not known, but patients with psoriasis have a greater likelihood of being diagnosed with: [3]

What You Can Do
An autoimmune skin condition, psoriasis results in inflammation and red lesions that are covered with silvery white scales, which can appear anywhere on your body—your knees, elbows, scalp and lower back being the primary areas.

However, while psoriasis is not a curable disease, it can definitely be managed better with yoga, avoiding certain foods and natural remedies. Here’s what you can do to manage the condition better.

  1. You can control your triggers and ease the itching easily by yoga, says yoga expert Yogi Cameron in this video. He demonstrates asanas that relax the body to reduce the frequency of the flare-ups. Breathing is important to exhale toxins, so follow his lead to flush out the impurities from the body.
  2. Cutting out certain foods from your diet may provide relief and soothe the inflammation. Read about them here.
  3. You can also manage the symptoms by using certain herbs such as skullcap. Read about it here.
  4. Here’s how you can make a DIY natural psoriasis soother and psoriasis lotion.

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Read More:
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#PsoriaticArthritis: 9 Early Signs Of This Often Misdiagnosed Form Of Arthritis
Treating Psoriasis With Yoga
7 Foods To Curb Your Psoriasis Flare-Ups

References:
1. http://www.internationaljournalofcardiology.com/article/S0167-5273(13)01338-7/abstract
2. http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=203598
3. https://www.psoriasis.com/psoriasis-causes
4. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2849106/

A lifestyle writer & editor for 8 years, Avantika Kukreti is a multi-platform media professional and has worked with some of the biggest media brands of India. She is fascinated by the dynamics of the social media and feels it’s the most-reliable news source in today’s times, if used wisely. Her recent three year stint in Shanghai has made her more health savvy after she watched the Chinese go lengths to maintain their fitness. When not working, she spends time watching Tom and Jerry, & Pocoyo re-runs with her daughter.