Diet May Ease Psoriasis Symptoms

May 30, 2013

Low-Calorie Diet May Lead To Reduction In Psoriasis Severity.

MedPage Today (5/30, Raeburn) reports that, according to a study published online in JAMA Dermatology, “putting psoriasis patients on a low-calorie diet may improve quality of life and reduce psoriasis severity.” Researchers found that “the diet led to a reduction of 2.0 (95% CI 4.1-minus 0.1; P=.06) in the study’s primary endpoint – the Psoriasis Area and Severity Index (PASI) and a reduction of 2.0 (95% CI minus 3.6-minus 0.3, P =.02) in a secondary endpoint – the Dermatology Life Quality Index (DLQI).” Meanwhile, “the authors of an accompanying editorial described the study as ‘encouraging,’ but also noted that the decrease in PASI was not statistically significant.”

        HealthDay (5/30, Thompson) reports that while “dermatologists said the study’s results are not surprising,” they “do reinforce the need for overweight or obese people with psoriasis to try to lose weight.”