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Study: Chronic diseases increase risk of sepsis

Posted on November 7th, 2012 No Comments

A study performed by researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham uncovered a link between chronic lung, heart, and kidney disease and the increased risk of sepsis. The study also found that risk of future sepsis increases by 85% for people who have experienced a stroke and 71% for people who suffer from diabetes.

Sepsis is a serious condition that affects about 750,000 Americans each year, leading to nearly 200,000 deaths annually. Of those that succumb to sepsis, many are ill or elderly.

During this study, researchers found that sepsis is linked to older age, drinking alcohol, smoking cigarettes, lower education, and lower income. The new study also shows that men are at a higher risk than women and that this condition affects white people more frequently than African-Americans.

A theory as to why chronic diseases are linked to sepsis proposes that the chronic inflammation of cells that line the blood vessels may cause the arteries to become diseased. This makes the immune system weaker when preventing infections, potentially leading to sepsis. However, the exact reason as to why sepsis overlaps with chronic disease is still not known.

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