Our current medical system treats individual symptoms with pharmaceutical drugs and surgery rather than treating the underlying conditions that create health problems and symptoms. Treating elevated cholesterol, arterial calcification, blood pressure, blood glucose, triglycerides or other symptoms is ridiculous and means that most people will be on multiple medications without any real reduction in mortality risk. Extrapolating from current medicinal interventions, one can predict that within 20 years most people will be on 20 or more different medications a day to treat individual symptoms and still experience no reduction in mortality. Add to that multiple additional drugs to treat the side effects of the drugs!
One of my students recently remarked that when she was a trainee nurse she was in the cardiovascular ward and she could not believe the rates of other chronic inflammatory diseases of patients there. Not one, but multiple inflammatory diseases. We are literally in the inflammation age. A person with CVD very likely has underlying inflammation and, as a result, many other inflammation-related health problems, not just high blood pressure.
All chronic health conditions are linked through inflammation, oxidation and acidosis—including cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, weight gain, arthritis, and asthma.
Comorbidities of cardiovascular diseases (CVDs), metabolic syndrome and autoimmune diseases are systemic inflammation such as atopic dermatitis, psoriasis and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). While non-respiratory comorbidities associated with COPD include cardiovascular diseases including hypertension, venous thromboembolism, ischemic heart disease, arrhythmias and heart failure as well as cerebrovascular disease, cognitive impairment, diabetes, skeletal muscle dysfunction, low bone mineral density and osteoporosis also frequently accompany COPD. In a study, patients with bronchiectasis exhibited a higher incidence of ischemic stroke, more than double, than the patients without bronchiectasis, which is an independent risk factor of ischemic stroke. It is also a risk factor for lung cancer.
Numerous studies have, in fact, found a 50% higher risk of cardiovascular disease and mortality in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, in patients with gout, as well as in those with psoriasis.
Metabolic syndrome is also linked with mental health disorders (including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, ADHD) and autism spectrum disorders.
Depression is associated with cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes, cancer, cognitive impairment and a higher all-cause mortality rate. Diabetes was also found to be bi-directional with depression, and depression was bi-directional with myocardial infarction (heart attacks).
Obesity and depression share a bidirectional relationship, whereby each condition increases the risk of the other.
Depression is higher in patients with chronic liver disease (CLD) than that in the general population. Bipolar disorder is a comorbid condition with migraine.
A wide range of neurological diseases including Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease and stroke, cardiac, gastrointestinal and respiratory diseases are co-morbid and bi-directional with epilepsy.
Periodontitis has also been linked to a number of other chronic systemic diseases including COPD, diabetes mellitus, rheumatoid arthritis and cardiovascular diseases, hypertension, and stroke. A strong link between obesity and periodontal diseases has been reported.
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