Being a Part of a Larger Family Might Raise the Risk of CVD
People who are a part of a large family can be at higher risk of developing cardiovascular-related issues, a recent study has claimed. The research examined the link between the number and ages of siblings and the cumulative risk of nonfatal and fatal cardiac disease.
Data indicated that being the second or third born child in a family or just being a larger family member with numerous siblings can raise the risk of heart-related conditions.
The study involved adults between the ages of 30 and 58 and found that the birth order and the number of siblings in a family can influence the risk of cardiovascular events. Prof. Peter Nillson led the study in Sweden at Lund University, and the results were published in the BMJ Open journal.
The researchers utilized the Swedish Multi-Generation Register Trusted Source to learn about the structure of families. The register contains records of more than 9 million people.
Overall, the inquiry included 1.32 million women and 1.36 million men between 30 and 58 years of age in 1990. Additionally, the researchers looked at factors including educational level, socioeconomic status, and other medical illnesses like diabetes that might put people at higher risk of CVD.
The research showed that in terms of family size, women and men with at least two siblings were less at risk of death than people without siblings. However, people with at least four (or more siblings) were at higher risk of cardiovascular-related diseases. Furthermore, although first-born siblings had lower cases of coronary or cardiovascular events, their overall mortality risk was much higher.
Though this study outlines some exciting and potentially helpful insights in guarding against cardiovascular disease, more research is needed to understand if there’s indeed a link between family size and heart health.
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