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Does Gluten Contribute to Psoriasis?

By Elaine Moore on 1/27/2011

Boston researchers have discovered an increased risk of psoriasis in women who regularly drink two beers weekly. The risk increased dramatically with the number of beers consumed. This risk was not seen in women drinking wine or light beers.

Scrutinizing the ingredients, the researchers discovered that the protein gluten, which causes gluten sensitivity and celiac disease, is present in beer. The medical literature showed previous reports suggesting the link with psoriasis and gluten. Why the gluten in beer may cause more of an effect than gluten in wheat, rye and barley is explained by Dr. Bruce Bebo, director of research and medical programs at the National Psoriasis Foundation.

He commented, "There is evidence tha talcohol consumtion can affect immune responses, and psoriasis is an autoimmune disease. There's also some evidence that it can affect the biology of skin cells known as keratinocytes." Keratinocytes are over-reactive in psoriasis.

Resource: Amanda Gardner, "Beer linked to psoriasis in women," Health Day Aug 21, 2010.

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