9 December 2015
Children with allergies such as hay fever and asthma could be more likely to develop heart disease, according to new research.
A study by Northwestern Medicine revealed that young people with allergic diseases have a greater likelihood of having high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
Researchers behind the study believe the chronic inflammation that occurs in asthma and hay fever sufferers could be a contributing factor.
In addition, the team suggested that cholesterol and blood pressure levels might be particularly high in children with severe asthma as they are likely to live fairly sedentary lives.
Dr Jonathan Silverberg, an associate professor of dermatology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, commented: "Given how common these allergic diseases are in childhood, it suggests we need to screen these children more aggressively to make sure we are not missing high cholesterol and high blood pressure."
He added that the findings offer an opportunity to help young people modify their lifestyles and tackle risk factors for heart disease early.
Posted by Edward Bartel
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