Vickie Wilson, of Shreveport, LA, has psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. Two years ago she joined a gym, and she's stuck with it ever since. Her dermatologist’s reaction? “He's very happy. He says the weight definitely needs to come off, and I know it, too,” she says.
“There is tremendous evidence that losing weight makes treatments work better,” says Mark Lebwohl, M.D., chairman of dermatology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. Another benefit to losing weight and exercise, he says: It lowers the risk of heart disease, which is higher for people with psoriasis.