The Mayo Clinic recently completed a long-term study of asthma and other inflammatory illnesses, including inflammatory bowel disease (IBS), rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes and coronary heart disease. They found that asthmatics had a greater incidence of these other four inflammatory conditions than non-asthmatics in their study.
There was roughly a 20 percent greater likelihood for these other four illnesses in asthmatics. This is a very strong association that had only previously been suspected. The Mayo study done in thousands of people indicates just how compelling this association is.
The researchers had two conclusions:
First: Physicians who treat asthmatics should be aware of the greater risk their patients have for other inflammatory diseases.
Second: More basic research needs to be done to ferret out the underlying causes for inflammation as a disease instigator.