Some medical conditions such as obesity are more likely to evoke other health problems. A recent study suggests that obese and overweight children are more likely to get psoriasis.
However, minor children, who suffer from psoriasis, an inflammatory skin condition, are sensitive to high blood cholesterol levels, regardless of their body weight.
And this study only supports other evidence to establish a link between heart disease and psoriasis.
The exact relationship between the two conditions is not clear, but slow, gently increasing inflammation may serve as a common factor.
Psoriasis is characterized by the development of thick, silvery parts that cause itching on the scalp, elbows and knees.
“Our findings could change the way we used to treat psoriasis in young people,” said Dr. Corinne Koebnick, scientist from Southern California’s Department of Research & Evaluation.
The researcher says that the children with psoriasis should be monitored for potential cardiovascular risks, especially if they are overweight.
“Adults with psoriasis have a higher risk of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and stroke and have higher mortality rates, which means that these conditions obviously shorten their life,” continues the researcher, as quoted by Life mojo.
The study was conducted on 710 949 children and it proved that obese children have a 40 percent greater risk of developing psoriasis compared to children of normal weight. Moreover, extremely obese children are nearly 80 percent more likely to get psoriasis.
For teenagers affected with psoriasis, blood cholesterol levels and liver enzymes were 4-16 percent higher compared to those without psoriasis.
Experts believe that psoriasis in children should be a marker to indicate cardiovascular problems.