Cerebral Palsy has no cure, which means that there are plenty of adults who have grown up with the condition. A new study by the RCSI suggests that people with cerebral palsy are at much greater risk for cardiovascular disease and chronic respiratory disease. If such claims are substantiated, it could change damage calculations for future children born with the condition. Science Daily reported on the study.
The study says that adults with CP are twice as likely to develop those conditions. They looked at 1,700 adults with CP and 5,000 without to see how many developed non-infectious diseases. People with CP are overall 75% more likely to have a non-infectious disease.
Stroke chances were especially high. People with CP have a 5.5 times increase for getting one. However, the chances for diabetes and cancer did not increase.
The reasons why this happens are unclear. Cerebral palsy doesn’t get worse over time, but it can become harder to walk over time. The inability to move correctly may be a contributing factor to developing these diseases. More research is needed.
What the report does show is that cerebral palsy is more than just a childhood disease. People born with it may need support for other serious conditions as they age because their condition gives them a higher risk of contracting a non-infectious disease.