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New Analysis Puts US Psoriasis Prevalence at 3%

New Analysis Puts US Psoriasis Prevalence at 3%

Psoriasis affects over 7.5 million adults in the United States, with prevalence nearly twice as high among Whites as non-Whites, according to an analysis of national survey data from 2011 to 2014.

“The adult prevalence rate of 3.0% continues to place psoriasis as one of the most common immune-mediated diseases affecting adults” in the United States, April W. Armstrong, MD, MPH, and associates said in a report published in JAMA Dermatology. At that rate, approximately 7,560,000 Americans aged 20 years or older have psoriasis.

That overall rate among adults aged 20 years and older, based on data from the 2011-2012 and 2013-2014 cycles of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), did not change significantly when compared with the 2003-2004 NHANES, when it was 3.15% among those aged 20-59, said Armstrong, professor of dermatology, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, and associates.

For the 2011-2014 period, psoriasis prevalence was similar between women (3.2%) and men (2.8%) but was significantly associated with older age and White/non-White status. Those aged 50-59 years had the highest prevalence of any age group at 4.3% and those aged 70 and older had a rate of 3.9%, while those aged 20-29 were the lowest at 1.6%, the investigators reported.

The prevalence in non-Hispanic Whites in the United States was 3.6% over the study period, and their odds ratio for having psoriasis was 1.92, compared with non-White individuals. Asian respondents had a prevalence of 2.5%, with the Hispanic population at 1.9%, non-Hispanic Black respondents at 1.5%, and those identifying as other (including multiracial persons) at 3.1%, they said.

The NHANES sample consisted of 12,638 people who had participated in the question that asked if they had ever been diagnosed with psoriasis by a physician or other health care professional, of whom 12,625 gave a definitive yes or no answer, the investigators noted.

A much smaller number, 329, also answered a question about the severity of their disease: Fifty-six percent had little or no psoriasis, almost 22% reported 1-2 palms of involvement, 16% had 3-10 palms of involvement, and 5.5% said the coverage was more than 10 palms. Since the survey did not distinguish between treated and untreated patients, however, some “of those reporting low body surface area involvement may be receiving treatments that are controlling their otherwise more extensive disease,” they wrote.

Armstrong and another investigator said that they have received grants, personal fees, and honoraria from a number of pharmaceutical companies; two other investigators are employees of the National Psoriasis Foundation.

This article originally appeared on MDedge.com, part of the Medscape Professional Network.

Author: Richard Franki
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Best supplements for skin: Zinc linked to helping acne, psoriasis and rosacea

Best supplements for skin: Zinc linked to helping acne, psoriasis and rosacea
Zinc plays a number of roles and functions in the human body. It’s important for cell and organ structure and integrity, it’s important for immune function, needed for taste and smell, and is involved in wound healing and tissue repair.
As such, Clarrisa Lenherr, in-house nutritionist for biohacking company bioniq, recommends it for skin support.

She explained: “Found in red meat, seafood, nuts and pulses, Zinc is an essential mineral that plays a key role in immune system function, cellular metabolism and wound healing, to name a few.

“When it comes to the skin, Zinc has been linked to helping conditions such as acne, psoriasis, and rosacea.”

She added: “When it comes to hair health, whilst it may not speed up hair growth, hair loss is a common symptom of Zinc deficiency.”

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Clarrisa revealed her other top vitamin and mineral recommendations, including a vitamin for alleviating anxiety and a mineral for aiding sleep.

Vitamin for alleviating anxiety

According to Mind mental health charity, nearly 10 percent of the population suffer from mixed anxiety and depression. Whilst there are many different factors at the root cause of anxiety, ensuring you avoid nutritional deficiencies and looking after your diet can be helpful.

Clarissa explained: “There are 8 distinct B vitamins, each found in different foods and with varying benefits. However, collectively, B vitamins taken in a B complex can help support energy levels and calm the nervous system, as well as help to make neurotransmitters and balance your mood.”

Mineral for balancing blood sugar

Ever heard of the blood sugar rollercoaster? This is the up and down journey that our blood sugar, energy, and mood can follow if we are not managing to balance our blood sugar.

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Clarissa said: “This can occur when we are stressed or when we skip meals or eat foods high in sugar and refined carbohydrates. Eating meals with adequate protein, complex carbohydrates, fats, fruits and vegetables can contribute to balanced blood sugar levels, but for that extra helping hand, you could consider taking a chromium supplement.

“This mineral helps to efficiently transport glucose into the cells for energy and also helps support carbohydrate, protein and fat metabolism.”

Mineral for aiding sleep

Many of us at one stage or another have trouble with our sleep, whether it is trouble falling asleep or an interrupted night’s sleep.

Clarissa advised: “There are a whole host of reasons as to why your sleep might be suboptimal, including stress, anxiety and too much light exposure in the room. One of the best minerals for sleep support is Magnesium glycinate.

“Magnesium contributes to the normal functioning of the nervous system and helps to support calm and relaxation, which is very much needed to fall into a deep sleep.”

Vitamin for boosting immunity

Vitamin D was given a superstar status last year, and for good reason. Ranging from immune system support to boosting energy and mood, this vital vitamin contributes to many aspects of health.

Clarissa said: “Vitamin D is synthesised by sun exposure on our skin, which is why those who live in darker and colder climates are advised to supplement during the winter months (the NHS recommends 10mcg per day from October to April).”

Vitamin for boosting energy

We all get our low energy days and dips from time to time, but if your energy feels like it has been lagging for some time, it might be worth checking in on your B12 levels.

Clarissa explained: “B12 is an essential part of energy production and is found in all animal foods, which is why those who follow a vegan, vegetarian, or restrictive diet may be deficient and wish to take a supplement.”

A great way of avoiding nutritional deficiencies and ruling out any underlying issues that might be contributing to your health problems, such as increased anxiety or insomnia, is by investing more into your health and taking the ‘quality over quantity’ approach when it comes to supplementation, added Clarissa.

“Too often, people are reaching for several different supplements that are taken singularly in pill format, which can often cause adverse side effects and push the blood levels out of reference ranges.

“To take control of your health safely and find out exactly what your body needs, I recommend a personalised supplement programme such as bioniq BALANCE (RRP £99 per month, available to buy from www.bioniq.com), a unique supplement formula that is tailored based on your individual blood test results and blended into tiny granules, which release active ingredients into the bloodstream during a sustained period to enhance absorption in the body.”