What People With Psoriasis Need to Know About Diabetes

By Erica Patino
Reviewed by Allison Truong, M.D.
May 18, 2023

Psoriasis is more than just a skin problem—it causes systemic inflammation throughout the body. And the underlying inflammation that drives psoriasis may put you at risk for several other conditions. Among them is type 2 diabetes.

People with psoriasis may have 1.5 times the odds of developing type 2 diabetes, according to some research. And the more severe your psoriasis, the greater the risk may be.

But there are things you can do to protect your health and possibly even reduce your risk of developing diabetes. And if you do have diabetes now or in the future, you can still protect your health. Here’s what to know.