Podcasts have become a new way to consume compelling content, listen to stories, and learn more about life. When it comes to living with a chronic disease like psoriasis, podcasts offer education, advice, and support.
According to the Pew Research Center, some 17 percent of Americans listen to a podcast at least once a month, as of January 2015. That’s double what it was in 2008. Considering 7.5 million people in the United States are affected by psoriasis, psoriasis-specific podcasts have the potential to change millions of lives.
We’ve compiled the best psoriasis podcasts for 2015 — those that stand out as offering the most worthwhile information for psoriasis sufferers in search of support.
1. Podcast Collection at Psoriasis Association
The Psoriasis Association is a British organization dedicated to research and support for people diagnosed with psoriasis. Their website features a library of podcasts featuring information and advice from medical professionals, patients, and those living with psoriatic arthritis. Among the many episodes are ones focused on diagnosis and treatment, as well as supportive broadcasts that deal more with the social and emotional aspects.
2. About.com’s Psoriasis Podcast Series
Available on iTunes, the Psoriasis Podcast Series from About.com features tips on how to reduce or calm flare-ups, ideas for how to cope with a new diagnosis, and ways to distinguish between psoriasis and other conditions that look like it.
3. Dermatology Times: Advances in Psoriasis Treatment
This single broadcast from Dermatology Times looks closely at the most recent developments in treatment options for psoriasis. Featuring a discussion between Dr. Normal Levine and Dr. Alan Menter of Baylor University Medical Center, it’s a quick listen at just over 20 minutes, but is packed with worthwhile information.
4. The Psoriasis Channel
The Psoriasis Channel is a podcast series from the National Psoriasis Foundation. There are several broadcasts available, featuring interviews with experts offering tips on living with the condition, the potential treatments, and what kind of advocacy work is being done to help people who have psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis.
5. Balanced Bites
The podcast series Balanced Bites focuses specifically on paleo eating. This is the concept of eating foods that would have been available to Paleolithic humans. According to its proponents, this lifestyle can aid in weight loss and the symptoms of numerous chronic conditions — including psoriasis. Hosted by Liz and Diane, the 51st episode touches on how eating a paleo diet can affect the symptoms of psoriasis. While it’s only a short segment in a relatively long broadcast, it’s worth a listen.