Diabetes and Psoriasis ?

By MsConnieLou Latest Reply 2012-03-10 10:02:20 -0600
Started 2010-04-08 03:46:05 -0500

Anyone know anything about the connection with Psoriasis and Diabetes , i have been reading alot about Psoriasis because my daughter has it and from what i gather from it all , it will be really easy for her to get Diabetes ,,, shes already been diagnosed with Hyperglycemia…

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maclover1524 2012-03-10 09:38:23 -0600 Report

Psoriasis and diabetes are "sister" conditions - one is typically found along with the other. If your daughter has been diagnosed with hyper-glycemia she already has diabetes and should be being treated for it now. So many doctors tell a patient that they are pre-diabetes or that they have hyperglycemia - hey, those conditions are the same as diabetes! To say a patient is pre-diabetic is like saying that a woman is pre-pregnant. Ain't no such thing!

Hyperglycemia is high blood sugar. High blood sugar is diabetes. The reasons for the high blood sugar/diabetes varies; Type 1 diabetes is the absence of insulin. The beta cells of the pancreas are no longer making any insulin or only micro amounts of insulin. A person with type 2 diabetes has functioning beta cells. They are producing insulin however, the amount of insulin they are making is not enough to cover the huge amount of carbohydrates they are consuming. Or, they are producing insulin in their beta cells but their blood cells have become insulin resistant.

Insulin resistance happens when over the years, mainly because we have eaten such large amounts of carbohydrates and have had to literally overwork our beta cells to produce sufficient amounts to cover the amount of carbohydrates that we have flooded our blood with insulin almost non-stop. This consistent flooding of insulin known as hyperinsulinemia.

Blood cells need glucose for energy however, they only need a small amount of glucose. Insulin is the key that opens these blood cell receptors; wakes them up, if you will, to let them know that insulin is about to make a delivery of glucose.

When these receptors have been flooded over years with too much insulin, well, it's like the boy who cried wolf. The receptors don't respond any longer to the insulin delivery system. The cells need the glucose (one of the reasons a diabetic is so tired all the time is that their cells don't get enough glucose) but the receptors refuse to open. The person is said to be "insulin resistant."

Diabetes affects every cell in the body. The body hates sugar and must use what it needs and dispose of the surplus of sugar/glucose. It can only use small amounts of the glucose that we take in as carbohydrates.

Carbohydrates are the only "nutrient" in food that turns to glucose in our bodies. Protein also produces some glucose but it is so minuscule and slow acting that the beta cells respond with only very minuscule amounts of insulin.

Limiting carbs in the diet is one of the best methods for bringing insulin resistance under control. The balancing of the amount of carbs coming in with the amount of insulin being produced is the secret. Drugs can only do so much. Drugs keep a diabetic alive but not well. We need to take control of diabetes before it controls us. Working with a physician who fully understands diabetes and the management of this disease is vital to a diabetic's health.

Fasting blood sugars that are more or less consistently over 100 are a huge red flag that diabetes is already playing heck with your body. A normal fasting blood sugar or a blood sugar taken 2 hours after eating should be between 85 and 95mg/dl. Please do 2 things: 1. Get the book that saved my husband's life "Diabetes Solution" by Dr. Richard Bernstein. 2. Take your daughter to a doctor who understands that there is no such thing as hyperglycemia or pre-diabetes - it's all diabetes.

Good luck to you and your wonderful daughter. May God Bless You both!

Alicia039 2010-04-22 19:06:45 -0500 Report

I had psoriasis before the diabetes. So, I'm not sure how they are related. Of course I have put on weight which I am in the process of trying to get rid of. So the weight doesn't help.

Robbibird3 2010-04-22 07:18:27 -0500 Report

I can only tell you that in my case I have both. I could be wrong but I think both are what's known as autoimmune disorders. Which if you look at my medical history you will see several of them. I believe it to be related to the thyroid organ itself. The thyroid tells the heart how fast to beat. I can't think of the right word now but if you were to do research on what the thyroid effects you would find it to be central to the whole body and its regular functions. However, I did get the psoriasis first and then a couple years later was diagnosed as type two diabetic, thyroid disorder, depression and anxiety all got diagnosed within days of each other.

Crashnot 2010-04-08 16:33:34 -0500 Report

There is a Vitamin D connection to Psoriasis, and diabetics tend to be vitamin deficient overall as high sugars will get flushed out, along with vitamins, in your urine. My dad is not diabetic but has had bad psoriasis for a long time. Taking a moderate dose of Vitamin D has kept him symptom free for several winters now.


GabbyPA 2010-04-08 08:52:07 -0500 Report

I found an article on the American Diabetes Association website that says there could be a connection to psoriasis and other diseases, such as diabetes.
Here is the link.

Since she is diagnosed already with hyperglycemia, I would start a road of prevention now. It will save you much pain later. Even if it only trains her to be able to manage her glucose levels down the road.

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