Psoriasis and Dietary Habits-Results From a National U.S. Survey
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The influence of diet on psoriasis is of high interest to patients, but the scientific data is limited to provide recommendations. There is strong scientific evidence that the benefit of weight loss among people with psoriasis who are obese improves disease severity and that gluten-free diets can help improve psoriasis in a subset of patients. However, for the majority of people with psoriasis, there is an absence of clinical trial data to prove the benefits of one diet over another.

Recently, a survey was conducted to understand the role of dietary behaviors in the management of psoriasis.

The objectives of the survey were:

  • To quantify nutrient intake in people with psoriasis compared to the general population
  • To identify popular dietary interventions among people with psoriasis and the influence of those interventions on the improvement of their skin
  • To understand the attitudes and perceptions of people with psoriasis regarding the role of diet in managing their condition.
  • About the survey

    The survey was sent to the mailing list of the National Psoriasis Foundation, and a total of 1,206 people with psoriasis from across the U.S. completed the questions.

  • The mean age of the survey population was 50.4 years, and 73% of the respondents were female.
  • All levels of psoriasis severity were represented in the respondents:
  • view references
    Afifi, L., Danesh, M.J., Lee, K.M. et al. Dermatol Ther (Heidelb) (2017) 7: 227. doi:10.1007/s13555-017- 0183-4
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