What your skin tells about your heart condition

December 29, 2018
Hand rash

YOUR skin can tell you a lot about your health. If your body is out of balance, it often shows up in the form of acne, rashes, eczema or other skin irritations.

Skin issues are rooted in inflammation. So, if your skin is showing signs of inflammation, chances are, there’s inflammation wreaking havoc elsewhere in your body.

A recent study showed that your skin can give you a clue about the condition of your internal organs including the heart.

The study showed that skin symptoms like eczema can be a strong signal that you have a higher risk for future cardiovascular problems, like unstable angina, heart attack, atrial fibrillation, and death from heart disease.

Researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine found that people with the dry, itchy, irritated skin condition eczema had a higher risk for cardiovascular issues.

The study included 385,000 adults with eczema who were an average age of 43. Researchers found that people with severe eczema also had some severe and scary cardiovascular risks, like:

— 20 percent higher risk of stroke;

— 40 to 50 percent higher risk of unstable angina, heart attack, atrial fibrillation, and death from heart disease;

— 70 percent higher risk of heart failure.

Eczema and cardiovascular problems have common risk factor: being overweight or obese.

So when your skin showed up some signs, it’s time to heed your body’s warning that something’s up before you’re dealing with a problem far more serious than dry, itchy, irritated skin.

Managing inflammation, eczema, and cardiovascular risk

Both eczema and cardiovascular disease are tied to high levels of inflammation. So, if you can get your inflammation levels down, there’s a good chance you can improve your disease risk.

Start by:

* Eating lots of fruits and vegetables. Fresh, whole foods calm the chronic inflammation that causes so many diseases.

* Reducing your sugar intake. Sugar, on the other hand, fans the flames of inflammation.

* Exercising daily. Studies showed that regular exercise keeps inflammation levels low.

* Slash stress. High stress levels mean high inflammation levels. Reduce stress in your life by letting go of unnecessary stressors, setting aside time for relaxation and adopting a positive, optimistic mindset about life.

Try inflammation-fighting herbs. Among the best are turmeric, ginger, and boswellin.