Psoriasis Linked to Beer Consumption; Gluten to Blame?

This is an article by a write at Chemist Direct. It talks about the possibility that there is a link between beer and psoriasis due to its gluten content. At the end of the article I will link to the study where the information was obtained from therefore allowing you to read it yourself. 

Psoriasis Linked to Beer Consumption; Gluten to Blame?

Research has shown that women who drink alcohol more often, particularly regular beer, appear to be at greater risk from the autoimmune skin disease psoriasis.

Psoriasis is skin disorder which affects around 3% of the population in the UK. It’s an immune condition where skin replacement speeds up causing raised ‘plaques’ which can be scaly, flaky and itchy with a darker skin tone. It affects both men and women equally and the severity of the condition differs from person to person. In many cases it can have an impact on sufferer’s lives both physically and mentally so finding ways to improve the condition or stop it from occurring is important to psoriasis sufferers.

Although many doctors will say that diet is not a major factor in psoriasis outbreaks a study by Researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and Boston University has shown that women who have more than 2 alcoholic drinks per week (particularly beer) appear to be at increased risk of developing the condition.

The study consisted of 83,000 nurses, 1,000 of which had had previous outbreaks of psoriasis. Every two years the women who participated in the study were sent questionnaires about their alcohol consumption. They were questioned about how much they drank, what they drank and if they had been diagnosed with psoriasis. The research found that drinking wine, light beer and liquor did not cause an increase in the risk of developing the condition. However those who drank non light beer and consumed on average 2.3 beers a week had a 72% greater risk of getting psoriasis compared to those who did not drink at all. The risk was also increased further for those who consumed 5 or more non light beers a week.

Abrar A. Qureshi, assistant professor of dermatology at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston with relation to the study stated:
"We can say that if a woman would like to consume alcohol and if she has a family history of psoriasis or known psoriasis in the past or some other reason she might be predisposed to psoriasis, the alcohol of choice probably should not be non-light beer"

"When we looked up the components of different alcoholic beverages, one thing that stood out for non-light beer was the amount of protein, gluten in particular," said Qureshi "When we stumbled on this, we realized that there have been reports in the past that ingested gluten was associated not just with psoriasis worsening but other autoimmune diseases, such as celiac disease."

Due to the fact that there was no significant increase in psoriasis risk with other types of alcohol suggests that a component in beer, possibly barley, may be responsible for the increased risk of developing the condition.
Beer is one of the very few non distilled alcoholic drinks, and uses a fermentation process usually with a starch source such as barley. Barley contains gluten, a substance that sufferers of autoimmune conditions such as psoriasis can be very sensitive to. The researcher of the study says that the association between alcohol consumption and increased risk of new cases of psoriasis, or of the condition worsening, has been suspected for a long time.

If you think you have a risk of developing psoriasis or already have it staying away from gluten may help your condition and many sufferers of the disorder have seen their skin improve dramatically by following a gluten free diet. The researchers of the study believe that doctors should educate patients on the potential impacts lifestyle can have on the condition whilst encouraging changes which may be beneficial to them managing the disease.

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  1. For the last 8 years I've experienced severe psoriasis outbreaks and was very upset as nothing I tried alleviated my terrible symptoms until I started following Psoeasy natural psoriasis treatment . Psoesy series includes many different products but I only tried he cream and the oil and this was pretty enough. Of course, each patient's psoriasis is very individual so is the treatment and it's not guaranteed that this one will help everyone in their fight with this disease but it doesn't hurt to try.


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