Having psoriasis seems to increase metabolic and cardiovascular risk factors in women more so than in men, according to new research. For the study, researchers analyzed data from 3,723 subjects to assess risk factors in men and women with and without psoriasis. They found that the prevalence of psoriasis was 3.8 percent (n = 143), with no differences between sexes.

However, there was a higher incidence of metabolic and cardiovascular risk factors in women with psoriasis compared to women without psoriasis. Among men, the pattern was slightly reversed, the researchers say. There was elevated risk for diabetes for both women and men with psoriasis. Results regarding the risk for metabolic syndrome were inconsistent; in fact, there appeared to be a positive association between psoriasis and metabolic syndrome in women, but there was a negative association in men.

—J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol. E-Pub