[3 min read] Cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes in adults with atopic dermatitis

Is there an association with cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes in adults with atopic dermatitis? A study published in the British Journal of Dermatology examined this via a systematic review and meta-analysis.

The study compared the risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes for adult patients with and without atopic dermatitis by searching the PubMed, Embase and Web of Science databases. Overall, 16 publications were included in the analysis.

No association was observed between atopic dermatitis and unspecified but suspected type 2 diabetes, hypertension, stroke or myocardial infarction, but a positive association was observed with angina pectoris.

The study concluded that, while adults with atopic dermatitis in some populations have an increased prevalence of cardiovascular risk factors, such as obesity and smoking, it is unlikely that atopic dermatitis represents an independent and clinically relevant risk factor for cardiometabolic disease.

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Thyssen, J. , Halling‐Overgaard, A. , Andersen, Y. , Gislason, G. , Skov, L. and Egeberg, A. (2018), The association with cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes in adults with atopic dermatitis: a systematic review and meta‐analysis. Br J Dermatol, 178: 1272-1279. doi:10.1111/bjd.16215

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