Are rheumatic fever and obesity related?

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In summary, rheumatic fever is an inflammatory disease caused by the bacterium Streptococcus pyogenes, often developing after a streptococcal throat infection. There is no clear association between rheumatic fever and obesity, although morbidly obese individuals may be more susceptible to secondary conditions such as coronary diseases and various cancers. Further research is needed to determine a statistical association between morbid obesity and rheumatic fever.
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I know that rheumatic fever is caused by the bacterium Streptococcus pyogenes. It mostly develops after a streptococcal throat infection.

But are rheumatic fever and obesity related? For example, are obese people more susceptible to rheumatic fever than a normal person (keeping in mind that the obese person has immunity like any other normal person)?
 
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What you are asking for is an association. Morbidly obese patients are viewed by physicians as having an illness, one that has multiple possible causes. Obesity leads to a large of other secondary conditions (read: associated, not necessarily directly caused by), ranging from coronary diseases and various cancers, to diseases of the skeletal system.

Answer: I do not know, and I'm not sure if there is a good answer.

Try google: statistical association between morbid obesity and rheumatic fever. There may be some clinical observations...
 
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1. Is there a link between rheumatic fever and obesity?

Yes, recent research has shown that there is a strong association between rheumatic fever and obesity. Studies have found that individuals who are obese have a higher risk of developing rheumatic fever compared to those who are not obese.

2. How does obesity contribute to the development of rheumatic fever?

Obesity can lead to inflammation in the body, which can trigger an immune response. This immune response can cause damage to the heart valves, leading to rheumatic fever. Additionally, obesity is often associated with other risk factors for rheumatic fever, such as poor nutrition and lack of physical activity.

3. Can losing weight reduce the risk of developing rheumatic fever?

While there is no guarantee that losing weight will prevent rheumatic fever, maintaining a healthy weight can help reduce the risk. Losing excess weight can decrease inflammation in the body and improve overall cardiovascular health, reducing the risk of developing rheumatic fever.

4. Are there any other health conditions that can increase the risk of rheumatic fever in individuals who are obese?

Yes, individuals who are obese are also at a higher risk for developing other conditions that can contribute to rheumatic fever, such as type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. These conditions can also lead to inflammation and damage to the heart valves.

5. Can treating obesity also improve symptoms of rheumatic fever?

Treating obesity through lifestyle changes, such as healthy eating and regular exercise, can improve overall health and reduce the risk of developing rheumatic fever. However, once rheumatic fever has developed, treatment will be focused on managing the symptoms and preventing further damage to the heart.

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