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A study has looked deeper into the dietary habits of people with psoriasis to see if any particular diet was associated with better outcomes. The favourite diets were the psoriasis diet laid out by Dr John Pagano, vegan and paleo diets, according to the survey.

This is one of the first studies to report the dietary behaviours of people with psoriasis, with a large group of study participants. This can help patients and their doctors to establish the best diet choices for each person, since not every treatment has a successful outcome, psoriasis drugs can be strong with negative side-effects, and diet can play a big role in some skin conditions.

The survey asked 1,200 psoriasis patients about their diets, any modifications they have made, skin responses, and their perceptions.

Overall findings include: 

  • Compared to their peers, psoriasis patients ate far less sugar, whole grain fibre, dairy and calcium, while they ate more fruit, vegetables and legumes
  • Eighty-six per cent of survey respondents had a modified diet
  • Almost 42 per cent said they made dietary changes to improve overall health

Outcomes to dietary changes on psoriasis

Greatest improvements were seen: 

  • Reduced alcohol (54 per cent)
  • Reduced gluten (53 per cent)
  • Reduced nightshade family (potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant, capsicum, etc.)(52 per cent)
  • Increased omega-3 fish oils (45 per cent)
  • Increased vegetables (43 per cent)
  • Increased oral vitamin D (41 per cent)

Psoriasis treatments can often be complicated by factors that are out of the control of both the patient and the dermatologist. This can be unexpected immune interference by foods, intestinal problems caused by other factors, and nutrient deficiencies that go unnoticed.

Improving overall health by increasing anti-inflammatory components in the diet and reducing possible inflammatory elements, while ensuring all nutritional needs are being met in abundance, is a useful strategy for some people with psoriasis.

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