Psoriasis: Causes, Symptoms, and The Vitamin You’re Missing
Psoriasis is a disease of the immune system which causes cells to accumulate on the skin`s surface, leading to red, thick, scaly patches which are painful and extremely itchy. It is estimated that about 7.5 million Americas suffer from this chronic disease.
According to a study in JAMA Dermatology, the US healthcare costs related to psoriasis are up to $63 billion annually. This refers to direct costs, while the indirect costs like loss of work hours should be taken into consideration, too.
Psoriasis Is More Than a Superficial Skin Condition
We should know that psoriasis is an autoimmune disease even though it appears to be a common skin condition. The T cells become overactive and cause immune responses such as acceleration of the growth of the skin cells
This leads to moving of the skin cells to the outer skin layer.
Because our body is not able to remove quickly all those dead skin cells, they gather into patches which are known as psoriasis.
People who suffer from this condition are really struggling with their everyday life.
People who have psoriasis also have a higher danger of developing some other medical issues such as heart disease, eye conditions, hypertension, and type 2 diabetes.
Vitamin D Is Crucial for Autoimmune Diseases, Including Psoriasis
For those with psoriasis, it is of utmost importance to have their vitamin D levels tested and keep their levels in the range of 50-70 ng/ml year-round. Vitamin D acts as a powerful immune modulator, so the fact that it plays important role in the prevention of psoriasis doesn’t come as surprise.
According to one study, “vitamin D could have important immunomodulatory effects in psoriasis,” but up to 80 %of patients in winter and 50 % in the summer were vitamin-D deficient.
It is believed that vitamin D affects psoriasis on multiple levels, including regulation of skin cells growth and affecting the immune functions of T lymphocytes. Additionally, it inhibits toxic T cells, which then helps regulate skin cell growth.
The current treatments for psoriasis are quite risky and expensive. Raptiva, one of the drugs, was removed from the market for increasing the risk of brain infections.
Optimize Your Vitamin D Levels If You Have Psoriasis
The cheapest and the best treatment for psoriasis would be sunlight exposure, so your body can boost the levels of vitamin D. Doctors recommend psoriasis patients to get more sun exposure, but again to be careful not to stay too much on the sun.
Low Vitamin D Linked to Parkinson’s Disease and Cancer
People suffering from psoriasis are at increased risk of Parkinson`s disease due to the vitamin D deficiency. According to a study,
“Plasma levels of both dietary and sunlight-derived vitamin D are inversely correlated with the risk of Parkinson disease (PD) … The finding suggests that low vitamin D levels in PD are not simply a result of reduced mobility.”
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