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People with psoriasis may be at greater risk of developing certain gut disorders, a new study finds.
The research discovered that people with psoriasis, an inflammatory skin condition, were about two times more likely to develop the gut disorders Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis compared to people in the general population. Both Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis are types of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), a condition in which people experience chronic inflammation in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
What's behind the link?
Both psoriasis and IBD are chronic conditions that are thought to be due to problems with the immune system. With psoriasis, the body's immune system becomes overactive, which leads to swelling and unusually fast development of new skin cells, according to the National Institutes of Health. With IBD, the immune system responds to triggers from the environment that wouldn't normally cause a reaction, which leads to inflammation in the gut, according to the CDC.
Studies - Genes - Development - Psoriasis - IBD
Previous studies have also suggested that the same genes may be involved in the development of both psoriasis and IBD, the study authors said.
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