PsoriasisThe benefits of exercise are well-known: exercise keeps your weight under control, combats disease, improves mood and increases energy. However, recent research says that the benefits of exercise may even include treating psoriasis.

According to a recent study published in the Archives of Dermatology, women who exercise may be reducing their risk of developing psoriasis. Researchers found that in a study of 86,655 women, the most physically active women had a significantly lower chance of psoriasis than the women who exercised the least.

“There is no doubt that keeping fit and avoiding any extra weight or medical issues can keep the symptoms of psoriasis under control,” says Dr. Joel Schlessinger. “However, this study doesn’t address the challenges that psoriasis patients experience that keep them from exercising – namely joint pains and psychosocial issues.”

Exercising can be extremely unnerving to those who already have psoriasis. Symptoms of psoriasis include skin redness and irritation with flaky, white patches on the skin. It can also cause stress to the joints, making it difficult to move comfortably. Although this skin condition is not contagious, it is unsightly and can be painful.

“Psoriasis patients aren’t as likely to exercise because that means showing their bodies to others in the gym,” Dr. Joel Schlessinger says. “If your joints ache, there is also less likelihood that you are going to go out to the gym.”

Dr. Joel Schlessinger says one of the most rewarding parts of his profession is when a psoriasis patient begins taking medicinal psoriasis treatments and starts to feel like they can go outside and experience the benefits of exercise.

“We see a complete psychological improvement in many of our patients as they get better. It is one of the most gratifying things that I see as a dermatologist,” he said.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger says that this study is a great example of why medication is one of the best psoriasis treatments.

“It is a chicken and egg phenomenon – many psoriasis patients experience challenges that keep them from exercising, yet once the symptoms of psoriasis start to improve, many find a new lease on life where they can exercise.”

Posted Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012 at 2:27 pm
Filed Under Category: Psoriasis Skin Care, Research and Studies, Skin Care Innovation
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