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The Importance of Adequate Hydration

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“Water is defined as an essential nutrient because it is required in amounts that exceed the body's ability to produce it. All biochemical reactions occur in water. It fills the spaces in and between cells and helps form structures of large molecules such as protein and glycogen. Water is also required for digestion, absorption, transportation, dissolving nutrients, elimination of waste products and thermoregulation” (regulation of body temperature) (Kleiner, 1999). Key Facts  Up to 2 litres of Water is lost daily due to

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PSORIASIS AND COMORBIDITIES – CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE PULMONARY DISEASE (COPD)

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Over recent years psoriasis has been classified as a systemic chronic inflammatory disorder and has been linked with several diseases and conditions that are also immune-mediated inflammatory conditions. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is characterized by the gradual progression of irreversible airflow obstruction and increased inflammation in the airways and lungs that is generally distinguishable from the inflammation caused by asthma. The symptoms of COPD are shortage of breath, increased risk of bronchitis and emphysema. There are a variety of factors

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PSORIASIS and COMORBIDITIES – CEREBRAL VASCULAR AND PERIPHERAL ARTERY DISEASE

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Continuing our series on Psoriasis and Comorbidities CHART 1: Comorbidities Associated with Psoriasis 1,2,3 Metabolic Syndrome – Cerebral Vascular Disease – stroke Peripheral Artery Disease – PAD Cerebral Vascular Disease – stroke A study found that cerebral (brain) vascular disease and peripheral arterial disease was also significantly more likely to be diagnosed in patients with psoriasis than in controls. 1 Cerebral vascular diseases are conditions that are caused by problems that affect the blood supply to the brain. Including:- stroke– a serious medical condition where one part

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PSORIASIS and COMORBIDITIES – CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE

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WHAT IS COMORBIDITY? Comorbidity is a concurrence of multiple diseases or disorders in association with a given disease, in this case, psoriasis.  INCREASED RISK  The patient with psoriasis has an increased risk of developing one or more of a number of other diseases/conditions that share many immunological features with psoriasis.  CHART 1: Comorbidities Associated with Psoriasis 1,2,3 Metabolic Syndrome – Cardiovascular Disease Arterial hypertension/ Atherosclerosis Myocardial infarction (MI) Dyslipidemia (Raised cholesterol) The immunological abnormalities that lead to the development of psoriasis suggest that these patients

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