New data shows majority of asthma deaths in older people

New data shows majority of asthma deaths in older people

According to the National Asthma Council Australia, new data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) show that more than 60 per cent of asthma deaths happen to people aged 75 and over.

In total, 394 deaths were recorded in 2012 which affected 260 females and 134 males.

The data released also found that women over 75 years old were almost three times more likely to die from asthma compared to their male counterparts.

Although up to one in seven older Australians have asthma, about half of all people with asthma aged 75 years and over have not been diagnosed by a doctor.

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New data shows majority of asthma deaths in older people