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Fixin' Healthcare

Monday, January 29, 2007

Transformation Of Healthcare - All Roads Lead To Lifestyle

The associations of psychosocial risk factors for cardiovascular disease with concentrations of inflammatory markers were examined among 6,814 men and women aged 45 to 84 years. Cynical distrust, chronic stress and depression were correlated with serum levels of C-reactive protein, IL-6 and fibrinogen before and after adjustments for socioeconomic position, behaviors, BMI and diabetes.

Psychosocial factors were associated with higher levels of inflammatory markers, most consistently for cynical distrust. The associations were reduced by 20% to 55% after adjustment for behavioral factors and by 45% to 100% after adjustment for BMI and diabetes, mostly owing to the effect of BMI. No associations remained after controlling for socioeconomic position, behaviors, BMI and diabetes.

In the transformation of health care, all roads lead to healthy lifestyles.

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