Understanding the Risk Factors for Nasal Polyps
We have already looked at one line of research this week about nasal polyps; here’s another good study. Researchers have been investigating the causes of nasal polyps and found some strong correlations, some of which could guide ENTs to offer better health management overall.
As it turns out, multivariate analysis has determined that body weight, or BMI, is strongly correlated with a condition known as chronic rhinosinusitis with nasal polyps (CRSwNP), suggesting that obesity can play a powerful role in degrading the mucosa:
Further, researchers observed that CRSwNP was associated with age (OR = 1.03; 95% CI, 1.02-1.04), obesity (OR = 1.46; 95% CI, 1.16-1.84) and education level (OR = 1.40; 95% CI, 1.02-1.92), according to the abstract.
In English, that means that chronic rhinosinusitis with polyps is tightly associated with obesity. (Other correlations, such as education, are merely a proxy for financial health and access to healthcare.)
The moral is this: obesity leads to misery, not just in cardiovascular health but in sinus health as well. If you’d like to speak with an expert ENT about some safe and manageable ways to keep yourself healthy, please contact us today.