Written on August 19, 2011 at 3:33 pm , by Lisa Haney
If you’ve been keeping up with the Kardashians, you know Kim recently discovered she has psoriasis, a common condition that causes irritation, redness or scaly patches on the skin. While she’s hoping she doesn’t have a breakout for her big wedding day tomorrow, she tweeted a pic of her “kinda funny & gross” heart shaped psoriasis earlier in the week.
Kim’s health over-share has perfect timing: August is Psoriasis Awareness Month.
We recently caught up with celeb trainer Jackie Warner, star of Bravo’s Thintervention and spokesperson for Fit in Your Skin, a campaign that’s spreading the word that exercise helps psoriasis sufferers.
“Many people don’t know that working out is very beneficial to your skin,” Jackie says. “Exercise helps your body achieve balance and has anti-inflammatory effects.”
It’s extra important for people with psoriasis to exercise regularly to benefit their overall health, too, notes Jackie, who watched her grandmother suffer from the condition. Those with psoriasis have nearly double the risk for metabolic syndrome—a myriad of conditions like high blood pressure, elevated insulin levels and extra belly fat that occur together and increase risk for heart disease, stroke and diabetes—compared to the general population, according to a recent study in Archives of Dermatology.
If you have psoriasis, make sure you stay fit to keep your skin and your body in shape, Jackie recommends. Click here to learn how to get a free DVD featuring her 30-minute workout and nutrition tips.
(Jackie Warner interview by FITNESS editorial intern Danielle Paquette.)
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