Polycystic ovary syndrome is linked to autism in offspring

Cambridge University Autism Research Centre has found that compared to women who do not have polycystic ovary syndrome, women who do have this have about double the risk of having a child with autism.  The risk was slightly higher in male children compared to female children.

Cherskov A et al. Polycystic ovary syndrome and autism: At test of the prenatal sex steroid theory. Transl Psychiatry. Aug 1 2018. doi:10.1038/s41398-018-01867.

The UK and US are the only western countries where life expectancy is falling

Researchers looked at 17 high income countries to evaluate trends in national mortality.

In the UK there has been a drop of a few months in life expectancy for both men and women over the age of 65. Degenerative diseases were the main cause such as respiratory disease, circulatory disease, Alzheimer’s disease, nervous system disease and mental disorders.

In the USA drug overdoses were responsible for the decline in life expectancy.

The study looked at mortality between 2014 and 2015. A sixty five year old in the UK at that time would have been born in 1950, after the start of the NHS.

We will need to wait to see if this trend will reverse or not.

British Medical Journal. UK life expectancy drops while other western countries improve. National Health Services. 2018 August 16.

Younger age at diagnosis predicts earlier death in type one diabetes (on standard treatment)

Researchers in Sweden have found that the earlier children are diagnosed with type one diabetes, the less their life expectancy is. Matters are worse for women than men. They think that adults diagnosed in childhood need increased input to deal with cardiovascular risk factors as they get older. Currently age of onset is ignored when it comes to stratifying risk.

Those diagnosed under the age of 10 had 4 times the hazard ratio for all cause mortality, over 7 times the risk of cardiovascular disease, 4 times the risk for non cardiovascular mortality,  over 11 times the risk of cardiovascular disease, 31 times the risk of having a myocardial infarction, over 6 times the risk for stroke, 13 times the risk of heart failure, but almost the same risk as controls for atrial fibrillation.

There is a better outlook for those diagnosed in their late twenties. The risk was almost 3 times the background rate for total mortality and the most prominent risk was again for cardiovascular mortality coming in at 6 times the background rate.

What this means is that if you are a girl diagnosed with type one under the age of ten, you may expect to live almost 18 years fewer than your classmates and if you are a boy, 14 years fewer.

My comment: More effort could also be given to youngsters on diagnosis achieving normal blood sugars by advising parents about the easiest ways to control blood sugars such as the adoption of a low carb diet and advanced insulin techniques. Although these statistics are shocking to see, it doesn’t have to be like this at all. Many diabetics have changed their life expectancy around and reverse some complications by adopting practices that improve glycaemic control and metabolic factors such as we describe on this site.

Rawshani A et al. Excess mortality and cardiovascular disease in young adults with type 1 diabetes in relation to age at onset: a nationwide, register-based cohort study. Lancet 2018;392:477-86;doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(18)31506-X

 

Public Health Collaboration Conference 2018: Achieving your optimal blood sugar target

Videos of the lectures given at the Public Health Collaboration conference 2018 which was held in May over the royal wedding weekend have now been released on You Tube.

You can see my talk, Achieving your optimal blood sugar target, as well as others, on the link below. There are a wide variety of lifestyle topics discussed. Happy viewing.

 

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=public+health+collaboration+conference+2018

Exercise games can aid weight loss in overweight children

USA researchers have proven that video games such as Kinect Sports and Just Dance can help overweight children lose weight and improve their cardiovascular risk factors.

Adherence to the programme of one hour three times a week was very high with 94.4 % sticking to the games. 46 families were involved with 23 families in the intervention and control groups.

BMI , blood pressure, total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol all improved in the intervention group.

The study was funded by the AHA.

What factors are most predictive of a heart attack?

Dr Malcolm Kendrick recently discussed a paper in which computers analysed routine clinical data from UK GP practices to identify the factors that most accurately predicted a cardiovascular event over the next ten years.  All the 378,256  people whose records were analysed were initially free of cardiovascular disease and 48 variables were identified.

The top ten things that were most likely to see you in hospital with a heart attack or stroke, in order,  were:

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Prescribed oral steroids

Older age

Severe mental illness

South Asian ethnicity

Prescribed immunosuppressants

Socio-economic deprivation

Chronic Kidney Disease

 

The least predictive were LDL, Forced expiratory volume ( a measure of asthma) and AST/ALT ( a measure of liver function).  Total cholesterol was 25th.

Can machine learning improve cardiovascular risk prediction using routine clinical data? http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0174944

Lancet: Aspirin only works if it is the right dose for your weight

Low dose aspirin 75-100mg daily are only effective in reducing cardiovascular events in those who weigh less than 70kg found researcher Peter Rothwell.  This is the dose range used in the UK and the USA but 80% of all men and 50% of all women weigh more than 70kg.

Higher doses of aspirin are only effective for cardiovascular prevention in those over 70 kg and don’t work in those who weigh less than this. Therefore recommending the higher dose range won’t suit everyone either.

Some people also use aspirin to reduce the chances of other diseases such as colorectal cancer. The effects are thought to be dose related as well.

The take home message is that if you weigh less than 70kg stick to 75-100mg of aspirin a day, but if you weigh 70kg or over you should increase your dosage. For most people in the UK this will mean doubling up on 75mg to 150mg and in the USA where 82.5 mg is standard, upping this to 165mg daily.

Lancet doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(18)31133-4