Mutual Influence of Psoriasis and Sport

Medicina (Kaunas). 2021 Feb 10;57(2):161. doi: 10.3390/medicina57020161.


The link between psoriasis and sport is a controversial issue. The topic has been poorly investigated, and nowadays there are many unsolved questions, dealing with the role of psoriasis in influencing the sporting habits of patients and, vice versa, the impact of sport activity on course, severity and extent of the disease, with particular regard to the indirect benefits on cardiovascular risk and metabolic syndrome. Moreover, the role of physical activity on patients' quality of life and the potential limitations on physical activity due to joint involvement have not been well elucidated until now. In this narrative review we will try to provide answers to these queries.

Keywords: diet; exercise; metabolic risk; physical activity; psoriasis; psoriatic arthritis; sport.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Arthritis, Psoriatic*
  • Humans
  • Metabolic Syndrome* / complications
  • Metabolic Syndrome* / epidemiology
  • Psoriasis* / epidemiology
  • Quality of Life
  • Sports*