According to a study, the Western diet isn’t just bad for your waistline. Study findings revealed that following a diet high in fatty, sugary foods may cause inflammatory skin diseases like psoriasis.
The study was conducted by researchers from the University of California, Davis (UC Davis) and published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology. It suggests that dietary components, instead of obesity itself, may cause skin inflammation and psoriasis in people following a Western diet.
According to earlier studies, obesity is a risk factor for the development or worsening of psoriasis. The Western diet (also called the Standard American diet), characterized by high intake of saturated fats and sucrose and low intake of fiber, has been associated with the prevalence of obesity worldwide.
Sam T. Hwang, professor and chair of dermatology at UC Davis and senior author on the study, said short-term exposure to [the] Western diet can induce psoriasis before significant body weight gain. Read more…