Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition characterized by red, itchy, and scaly patches that could appear anywhere on the body, including the scalp, eyelids, joints, and nails. While the skin bears the primary impact, the disorder can take a toll on the patient's overall health and well-being. It can also eventually lead to the development of other health conditions, including hepatic diseases, hypertension, certain types of cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and more. Metabolic syndrome Metabolic syndrome is a term used to describe a collection of ailments that occur together and affect metabolism and cardiovascular health, increasing the risk of diseases like diabetes and stroke. A few symptoms of metabolic syndrome include high blood glucose, high blood pressure, and abnormal body cholesterol levels. Although the connection between psoriasis and metabolic syndrome is unclear, genetics and high inflammation are believed to be the common causative factors of both ailments. Cardiovascular diseases People with psoriasis have a significantly higher risk of developing cardiovascular diseases. This is because psoriasis causes inflammation, which can damage blood vessel walls and increase the risk of plaque buildup. Interestingly, some psoriasis treatments can also raise the risk of cardiovascular diseases. Diabetes Diabetes is another condition liked to psoriasis. Patients with severe psoriasis have a high risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Chronic inflammation that occurs due to psoriasis is one factor that increases this risk. Further, genetics is believed to play a role in both psoriasis and diabetes. Kidney diseases People with psoriasis are at a greater risk of developing chronic kidney disease or CKD. It is a condition in which the kidneys gradually stop functioning, leading to kidney failure. Metabolic factors and chronic inflammation associated with psoriasis are believed to be responsible for the development of CKD. Psoriatic arthritis According to the National Psoriasis Foundation, approximately 30% of people with psoriasis also develop psoriatic arthritis. It is a condition that causes joint pain, swelling, stiffness, and damage. The symptoms can range from mild to severe and can impact any joint. Timely diagnosis and treatment are essential to manage this disorder and prevent severe complications. While psoriasis can contribute to these conditions, the inverse is also possible; that is, these underlying conditions could be responsible for psoriasis development.