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Learning the Impact of Asthma on Women
Evidence shows asthma treats women worse than men, and researchers believe this may be due to hormones responsible for the menstrual cycle, pregnancy, and menopause. This has lead them to identify a new subtype of asthma called premenstrual or premenopausal asthma. So, what is this, and what does it mean for women with asthma First, check out these statistics from the American Lung Association. Boys are more likely to have asthma than girls until puberty, at which time women are more likely to have it than men until menopause. Among children under 18, boys were 14 percent more likely to have it than girls. Among adults 18 and over, females were 62 percent more likely to have asthma than men. According to the American Lung Association, in 2011, women were 14 percent more likely to be diagnosed with asthma than men. In the same year, 10.8 million males had asthma compared with 15.1 million females. Women also have more asthma attacks than men. In 2011, 5.1 million males had asthma attacks, while 8 million females had asthma attacks. This difference has been significan
Beating Exercise-Induced Asthma - Part 2
In part one we explored a study that confirmed that exercise can be truly beneficial to a person with asthma. In one type of asthma, however, the discussion is a bit more complicated. Exercise induced asthma is one condition that can modify the physical activities of asthmatics. It is defined as “the occurrence of shortness of breath or cough, usually after the cessation of exercise.” The symptoms actually start once the exercise ends. During exercise there is a “refractory period,” where the airways are dilated due to the increase of adrenaline-like substances produced during the physical effort which has a bronchodilator effect. The higher the intensity of the exercise performed, the greater the bronchodilator effect. The problems develop after exercise ends, when there is cooling and drying of the inner mucosa of the airways. This phenomenon is caused by heat and water losses during exercise, specifically related to hyperventilation. Every exerciser will experience this process, but asthmatics have abnormally hyper-reac
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What's New In Asthma Research
You'll be impressesd to learn what researchers are discovering.
Asthma (Possibly) Linked To Chronic Migraine
Evidence already links asthma with allergies, anxiety, gastrointestinal reflux, and insomnia. The latest research seems to suggest asthma may also be linked with chronic migraines (more than 15 migraine headaches in a year). Researchers at the University of Cincinnati studied 4,500 individuals who suffered from occasional (less than 15 in a year) migraines. Participants were divided into two groups: those without asthma and those with asthma. They were then asked to fill out questionnaires in 2008 and 2009. The results concluded that that only 2.5 percent of participants without asthma were diagnosed with new onset chronic migraine, while 5.5 percent of participants with asthma were diagnosed with new onset chronic migraine. This means that asthmatics with occasional migraine were more than twice as likely to develop chronic migraine. What to make of this data? Asthma involves an overactive immune response where otherwise innocuous substances (asthma triggers) in the air are treated as enemies (like bacteria). When inhaled, your immune system sets off a series of chemical reactions that includes the release of inflammatory markers that cause inflamed airways. This ultimately causes asthma and sets
Asthma (Possibly) Linked To Heart Disease
We now know that asthma isn't just a disease of the respiratory system, that it is a syndrome linked with the immune system, nervous system, and even the intestinal system. The latest research now suggest a possible link between asthma and the cardiovascular system. The study was performed at Northwestern University and published in the December 8, 2015, issue of the Journal of Allergy & Clinical Immunology. It involved a survey of 13,275 children from all 50 states, and showed that those with allergic asthmatics were twice as likely to be diagnosed with high blood pressure and high cholesterol than those without asthma. It should be known here that most cases of asthma diagnosed in childhood (childhood onset asthma) also involve allergies. It should also be known that about 75 percent of asthmatics overall also have allergies. The asthma subtype involved here is sometimes called allergic asthma or eosinophilic asthma. It should also be known that both high blood pressure and high cholesterol, (particularly the bad kind of cholesterol), is linked with heart disease. High blood pressure results from arteries that are constricted, and this causes the heart to work hard to push blood through them.
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