Last year I blogged about a study showing psoriatic arthritis patients have a higher risk of metabolic syndrome, which includes a higher risk of heart disease. At that time I encouraged psoriasis warriors to monitor their waist size as well as their blood pressure. Well a new study out last week shows that some people with psoriasis may be protected from metabolic syndrome if they are fortunate enough to have a specific gene:
Psoriasis patients who possess the HLA-Cw6 allele appear to be protected against the increased risk of cardiovascular and metabolic comorbidities associated with the disease
It is a bit ironic I feel. On the one hand we psoriasis warriors have to suffer because we have a dysfunctional gene which is causing our immune system to cause psoriasis / psoriatic arthritis, yet on the other hand some of us may be lucky enough to have a gene which protects us from metabolic syndrome / cardiac issues associated with the very same disease.
Talking about cardiac issues, in the last couple of weeks there has been maybe two instances where I haven’t been able to get to sleep because my heart is racing. Both times there was no way I could sleep so I just read a book for about 30 minutes until it got back to normal. I thought it may have been a heart issue but reading the literature it appears that it may be caused by anxiety. I wasn’t worried about anything at the time – well anything that I consciously knew about – so maybe subconsciously there was something I was mulling over.
It certainly isn’t pleasant so I hope it doesn’t return.
Moving on to things to worry about, I’m not afraid of injections and needles but I know many people who are. If you are afraid of needles then the good news is that it looks like science is close to developing a needle-less injection system. It really does look a lot like the injection system they use on Star Trek – you can see a video of it here.