Psoriatic Arthritis Smarts: How to Get Help

31 Ways to Manage Your Psoriatic Arthritis

If you have psoriatic arthritis, the good news is that medication and lifestyle changes can help ease symptoms.
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Shed extra weight

People with psoriatic arthritis are more likely to be overweight than other people. It's not clear which comes first—the weight or the disease—but extra weight stresses your joints, and ups your risk for heart disease, diabetes, and metabolic disorder (all of which are already a risk in people with psoriatic arthritis). Weight loss can also help some of the medications work better, says Kevin McKown, MD, head of rheumatology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison.