Children who have asthma, hay fever or eczema may also have more risk factors for heart disease at a young age, as compared to kids who don't have these allergy-related conditions, a new study suggests.
Researchers found that kids with such allergies had higher rates of being overweight or obese risk factors for heart disease than children who don't have these allergic conditions. The investigators also found that children and teens with asthma or hay fever were twice as likely to have high blood pressure or high cholesterol, which are also risk factors for heart disease, according to the study, published today (Dec. 8) in the Journal of Allergy & Clinical Immunology.
The findings suggest that allergic diseases can have harmful effects on other aspects of a child's health, said study author Dr. Jonathan Silverberg, an associate professor of dermatology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. Recognizing these harmful effects may help to prevent heart disease or treat it early, he said.
But although the study found an association between children with these common allergic ...