Inflammatory Disorders Raise Your Risk of Cardiovascular Disease, Heart Attack, Stroke, and Diabetes

November 19, 2014

Chronic inflammatory disorders, such as auto-immune conditions and psoriasis, raise the risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. This conclusion was reached after British medical statisticians used a national primary care database – the largest in the world – to compare a group of more than 155,000 individuals with inflammatory disorders to another group of more than 373,000 individuals without the disorders. The findings were published in 2014, in the medical journal Circulation.  


The breakdown was as follows: individuals with autoimmune conditions had a 32 percent higher risk; severe psoriasis and vasculitis (inflamed blood vessels), 29 percent each; and ulcerative colitis, 26 percent. Overall, patients with inflammation-related diseases had a 20 percent higher risk; and those with the highest levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), a common blood test indicator of inflammation in the body, had a 52 percent higher risk.


This study presents strong evidence that the risk of cardiovascular diseases and diabetes is increased if someone has a chronic inflammatory disorder. The severity of that disorder, as identified by the highest level of CRP, increases the risk even more.


For more information on the study, find it here.

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