-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas
TUESDAY, Sept. 3 (HealthDay News) -- Menopausal women with
asthma are hospitalized more than twice as often as men who are the
same age, researchers have found.
The findings suggest that early intervention is needed to
prevent hospitalizations for asthma in menopausal women and reduce
health care costs.
"Until puberty, boys have higher rates of asthma than girls. Then, during the menopausal years, women's hospitalization rates are double those of men in the same age group. This could indicate that asthma may have distinct biological traits," allergist and study author, Dr. Robert Yao-wen Lin, said in a news release from the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (ACAAI).
In conducting the study, the investigators used the National
Inpatient Sample databases from 2000 through 2010 to compare the
hospitalization rates of men and women for different decades of
After taking certain risk factors into account, such as
cigarette smoking and obesity, the researchers found the biggest
discrepancy between men and women who were admitted to the hospital
for asthma occurred in their 40s and 50s.
The findings are published in the September issue of the
Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.
"This study reinforces that asthma is a women's health issue," Dr. John Oppenheimer, ACAAI fellow and associate editor of the journal, said in the news release. "There is a need for more prevention and early intervention to reduce asthma hospitalization in menopausal women and reduce health care costs."
The ACAAI advised women with asthma who are in their 40s and 50s
to consult an allergist to ask the following questions:
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more
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