on social media (and your personal health) article On Monday, a new study from University of Minnesota health researchers published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal found that people with higher levels of social media use are more likely to have higher levels in their blood of the inflammatory molecule prostaglandin E2.
“Our results are the first to show that social media is a risk factor for high blood levels of prostaglanderin E, a protein associated with inflammation,” says lead author Rui-Ting Liao, MD, PhD, an associate professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Manitoba and a professor in UMD’s Department of Public Health.
“This finding is significant as prostaglandersin E has been shown to play a critical role in the development of the cardiovascular system, including the heart and vascular system.”
“We also found that women with a higher social media usage had a significantly higher prevalence of inflammation in their plasma, and these women were more likely than women who used less social media to have increased levels of blood prostaglandsin E in their bodies,” he adds.
“There are multiple ways to get inflammation and prostagelandin E into our body.
It can occur naturally, through diet, stress, and other things that affect our blood and our immune system.”
In other words, it’s not just social media that may contribute to high blood pressure and cardiovascular problems.
“People who use social media are more exposed to high-risk and potentially life-threatening inflammatory conditions,” Liao says.
“The question we have to ask is whether the association between social media and high blood prostAGlandin levels is causal, and if so, whether there are other risk factors that we need to look at.”
What’s more, the researchers found that there was no association between high social media consumption and blood levels or levels of inflammatory proteins associated with cardiovascular disease.
Liao says the findings are particularly significant because the findings suggest that social networks are an effective tool to get people talking about the inflammatory condition they’re concerned about.
“In this study, we did not find an association between the amount of social networking activity and blood prostagenin levels, suggesting that people who use these platforms are not at increased risk of inflammatory conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease,” Ligo says.
However, he cautions that the study does not prove that social network use is linked to high levels of inflammation.
“It is possible that social networking may increase inflammatory markers in some people who do not have these inflammation markers,” Lige says.
“We have to look carefully at the associations with other inflammatory conditions and whether they are related to social media activity.”
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