KANSAS CITY, Missouri - Women who have been diagnosed with the skin condition of psoriasis may want to switch to a light beer.
New research finds drinking regular beer increases the risk of psoriasis in women by over 70 percent.
Psoriasis is a common skin condition that causes skin redness and irritation. Most persons with psoriasis have thick, red skin with flaky, silver-white patches called scales. The redness is most often seen on the elbows, knees, and trunk, but can appear anywhere on the body.
Results of a study published by livescience.com show those women who reported averaging at least 2.3 non-light beers per week had a 72 percent greater risk of psoriasis than women who did not drink. However, they also found no association between psoriasis risk and light beer, red wine, white wine or liquor.
Regular beer contains more gluten from grains which can increase psoriasis sensitivity. Light beer contains less grain than regular beer, the scientists noted.
The study concluded that women at risk for the condition should avoid regular beer and switch to a light beer.
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