Aerobic Exercise May Reduce Psoriasis Risk

by Chris Curley on May 23, 2012

Psoriasis

Getting a moderate amount of vigorous physical activity may reduce your risk of developing unsightly psoriasis, especially if you have a family history of the disease, a new study suggests.

People who get 105 minutes of high-intensity exercise each week have a 25 to 30 percent reduced risk of psoriasis compared to those who do not get this level of exercise, researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and the Harvard School of Public Health find. Psoriasis is an immunological disorder characterized by inflammation and red, itchy scaling of the skin.

Only running, aerobic exercise, and performing “vigorous calisthenics” are associated with lower psoriasis risk, not less-taxing exercise like playing tennis, swimming, jogging, bicycling, or walking, the study says.

Getting vigorous physical activity confers many other health benefits as well, from protecting against diabetes, heart disease, and weight gain to helping you stave off depression, other research shows.

The study appears online in the Archives of Dermatology.

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