Psoriatic disease may increase likelihood of fracture

Adults with psoriatic disease appear to be at higher risk of fracture than those without, but why remains unclear, says new research in the Journal of Clinical Medicine.

While evidence confirms that people with psoriatic disease are more likely to experience some other health conditions, the research when it comes to bone density or bone fragility has been inconclusive. A research group recently analysed relevant studies to see if any clear associations emerge. They found that when compared to controls, those with psoriatic disease:

  • Had a higher risk of bone fracture;
  • Were no more likely to have lower bone mineral density;
  • Did not have greater risk of osteoporosis.

“Patients with psoriatic disease may be more likely to develop fractures compared with non-psoriatic controls,” the research group explains. “This higher risk for fracture may not necessarily be associated with lower bone mineral density nor a higher risk for osteoporosis.”

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