Study: No Evidence Childhood Psoriasis Increases Heart Attack Risk
Adults who developed psoriasis as children are at no greater risk of developing cardiovascular disease or diabetes.
While research continues to link psoriatic diseases with an increased risk for other health conditions – also known as comorbidities – developing psoriasis before age 20 does not seem to make a difference in that risk, according to the study published in October in the British Journal of Dermatology. In fact, the study indicates that those who developed psoriasis as children actually are less likely to develop cardiovascular and metabolic comorbidities such as heart disease and diabetes.
The study surveyed 2,201 French patients with psoriasis and noted those patients who developed psoriasis as children were less likely to be obese, have diabetes, hypertension or familial cardiovascular disease than those who developed psoriasis after the age of 20. The study noted that girls were more likely to develop psoriasis as children, and that those with childhood-onset psoriasis were more likely to have a family history of psoriatic diseases.
Psoriasis is an inflammatory disease. Whole-body inflammation can lead to insulin resistance, heart attacks and stroke, according to the study. The study's authors had a theory that childhood-onset psoriasis would raise the risk of developing comorbidities due to the long-term inflammation, but found the opposite to be true.
However, the study found that those with severe psoriasis—regardless of when they developed it – were more likely to be obese and have psoriatic arthritis.