The Connection Between Psoriatic Arthritis, Metabolic Syndrome and Insulin Resistance


Marijke Vroomen Durning, RN

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Psoriatic arthritis is a type of arthritis that affects mostly people with the skin disorder psoriasis; it causes symptoms like joint pain, stiffness and swelling. But the effects of this condition spread beyond just your joints—it can affect other parts of your body, too, and put you at higher risk for serious health issues. Significant research has shown that people with psoriatic arthritis have a much higher chance of developing insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome, two conditions that can have severe consequences if not treated appropriately.

What is insulin resistance?

Insulin resistance is a condition that can trigger type 2 diabetes. Ordinarily, your body produces as much insulin as you need and you use as much insulin as your body produces. In some cases, while your pancreas produces enough insulin for your needs, your body can’t respond to it or the cells in your body become resistant to it. As a result, your blood glucose levels remain high, which can lead to prediabetes and type 2 diabetes.

Today, we’ve seen many advances in treating the damage and pain of psoriatic arthritis. Watch as experts share the advice they give patients for managing the condition.

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Apr 29, 2017

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