Psoriasis may affect cholesterol levels

November 18, 2011 9:20:44 AM PST
A common but chronic skin condition could significantly affect cholesterol levels.

New research from the University of Pennsylvania suggests inflammation caused by psoriasis may trigger changes in a person's cholesterol. Those affects could include weakening the function of HDL -- the so-called "good cholesterol."

The study was presented at the American Heart Association annual meeting in Florida.

Researchers say their findings could help explain why people with psoriasis are at greater risk for heart attack, stroke and cardiovascular death, especially if the psoriasis is moderate to severe.

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