Association between psoriasis and leisure-time physical activity: findings from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Despite evidence that physical activity can reduce the cardiometabolic risk of patients with psoriasis, these patients may engage in less physical activity than those without psoriasis. The aim of this study was to examine the association of the extent of psoriatic skin lesions with the likelihood of participating in leisure-time moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) and metabolic equivalent task (MET)-minutes of MVPA amongst those who participated. The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) is a population-based survey among U.S. adults. A total of 6549 persons aged 20-59 years responded to the 2003-2006 NHANES dermatology questionnaires, which asked about participation in leisure-time MVPA and MET-minutes of MVPA amongst those who participated. Compared with individuals without psoriasis, those with psoriasis were less likely to have engaged in leisure MVPA in the past 30 days, although this association was not statistically significant. Amongst those who participated in leisure-time MVPA, MET-minutes of leisure-time MVPA were lower on average for patients currently having few to extensive cutaneous lesions (but not for those currently having little or no psoriatic patches), relative to individuals never diagnosed with psoriasis by approximately 30%. Clinicians should encourage patients with psoriasis, especially those with more severe disease, to be more physically active; they should help identify and address possible psychological and physical barriers to their patients' physical activity.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Do, YK; Lakhani, N; Malhotra, R; Halstater, B; Theng, C; Østbye, T

Published Date

  • February 2015

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 42 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 148 - 153

PubMed ID

  • 25491719

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1346-8138

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/1346-8138.12721


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England