The importance of exercise has been emphasized in recent years, as researchers find more and more evidence that physical activity helps to prevent illness and improve general health. These benefits appear to extend to psoriasis, a recent study reported, finding that vigorous activity reduced a woman’s risk of developing psoriasis by as much as 30 percent.
The study, “The Association Between Physical Activity and the Risk of Incident Psoriasis,” published online in the journal Archives of Dermatology, was conducted by scientists at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and led by Abrar Quershi, an assistant professor of dermatology at Harvard.
Qureshi began his training when psoriasis was only thought of as a skin condition. Since then, the scientific community’s understanding has evolved and now psoriasis is considered to be an autoimmune disease characterized by systemic inflammation, causing the body to accelerate the growth and turnover of skin cells.