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Most studies on the health benefits of intermittent fasting are animal-based. There are only a few small-scale studies that point to potential improvements of psoriasis symptoms. These are mainly connected to low-calorie or short-term fasting diets. Here are some small scale studies:
One observational study looked at 108 patients with moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis. They fasted during the month of Ramadan. Researchers found a significant decrease in Psoriasis Area and Severity Index (PASI) scores after they fasted.
Another study by the same researchers observed the effects of fasting among 37 patients with psoriatic arthritis. Their results showed that short-term fasting improved patients’ disease activity scores.
Meanwhile, a 2018 review of nutritional strategies for psoriasis found weight loss and a healthy lifestyle significantly reduced PASI scores among people with moderate-to-severe psoriasis. Low-calorie diets and intermittent fasting have also been shown to reduce the severity of psoriasis and other conditions among people with obesity.
More research is needed to determine if intermittent fasting can improve psoriasis symptoms. But leading a healthy lifestyle and trying a low-calorie diet, if necessary, may help.
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