Jan 13, 2015

Eczema and cardiovascular risk factors in 2 US adult population studies

The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
J I Silverberg, Philip Greenland


Eczema is associated with high rates of sleep disturbance and quality-of-life impairment. These factors might have a negative impact on psychosocial development and behavior and could increase cardiovascular risk. We sought to determine whether adults with eczema have increased cardiovascular risk factors. We analyzed data for 27,157 and 34,525 adults aged 18 to 85 years from the 2010 and 2012 National Health Interview Survey. Adults with eczema had higher odds of ever smoking 100 cigarettes in their lifetime (survey logistic regression; adjusted odds ratio [aOR], 1.32; 95% CI, 1.18-1.47) and current smoking history (aOR, 1.28; 95% CI, 1.12-1.45), with significantly younger age of onset (survey linear regression; adjusted β, -0.58; 95% CI, -0.95 to -0.21). Eczema was also associated with greater odds of ever drinking 12 or more alcoholic beverages annually (aOR, 1.16; 95% CI, 1.03-1.31), including current intake of moderate (aOR, 1.33; 95% CI, 1.09-1.62) and heavier (aOR, 1.58; 95% CI, 1.23-2.03) amounts. Adults with a history of eczema had lower odds of daily vigorous activity (aOR, 0.79; 95% CI, 0.63-0.99) and lower frequency of vigorous activity in the past week (adjusted β, -0.46; 95% CI, -0.72 to -0.21) than did adults wit...Continue Reading

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Diabetes Mellitus, Non-Insulin-Dependent
Sleep Disorders
Logistic Regression
Corticosteroids, topical for treatment of hemorrhoids and anal fissures
Cardiovascular Diseases
Impaired Glucose Tolerance
Metabolic Syndrome X

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