Smoking, Oral Contraceptives Up CVD Risk in Teen Girls
the MPR take:
Research has found that C-reactive protein (CRP), smoking, and use of oral contraceptives (OCs) are linked to an increased cardiovascular disease risk in adults, but it may also apply to teenage girls. A study of 1,050 adolescents from the Western Australian Pregnancy Cohort (Raine) Study showed that smoking was associated with higher high-sensitivity CRP (hs-CRP) levels in girls not using OCs and the strongest factor associated with higher hs-CRP levels was OC use in nonsmoking girls. The authors note that this could help to explain why smoking has gendered variations for CVD risk that are greater for women compared to men.
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