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Exercise may decrease psoriasis

There may be another reason to exercise besides keeping your weight in check or stress at bay: Healthier skin!

A new study finds women who exercise regularly may lower their risk of psoriasis. Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that also puts people at higher risk for two other common diseases.

"We know that psoriasis is a systemic disease. There is systemic inflammation involved and we know that patients with psoriasis are at higher risk for heart disease and diabetes," explains Dr. Melissa Piliang, a dermatologist at the Cleveland Clinic. "We also know that to prevent diabetes and heart disease, exercise helps. So, if you put all of that together, it does make sense that if you exercise you would have a lower risk of systemic inflammation and lower risk of psoriasis."

Researchers found the most physically active women lowered their risk of psoriasis by 25 to 30 percent, and it may be the intensity level of the exercise that matters most.

"If you have psoriasis in your family, you should exercise," says Dr. Piliang. "And it's not just walking or riding a bike, or even swimming. It is vigorous aerobic exercise -- running, aerobics, and callisthenic-type exercises -- that decreased the risk of psoriasis."

For those who worry exercise may trigger a flare-up, there are ways to avoid skin trauma. Getting exercise into your daily routine may help keep your skin and body looking and feeling great.

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