Menopausal women at greater risk for asthma hospitalisation

Menopausal women at greater risk for asthma hospitalisation

Asthma is a disease that mostly affects young boys and adult women. According to a new study, women in their 40s and 50s with asthma are hospitalised more than twice as often as men in the same age group.

"Until puberty, boys have higher rates of asthma than girls," said Dr Robert Yao-wen Lin, MD, allergist and lead study author. "Then, during the menopausal years, women's hospitalisation rates are double those of men in the same age group. This could indicate that asthma may have distinct biological traits."

"This study reinforces that asthma is a women's health issue, and that there is a need for more prevention and early intervention to reduce asthma hospitalization in menopausal women and reduce healthcare costs."

The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology suggests that women in their 40s and 50s with asthma make an appointment with their allergist and ask these questions.

For more information or to locate useful resources to help with optimal management of asthma patients, contact your Primary Care Support Team at practice_support@nsml.com.au or phone 9477 8700.