Finally, there is a health advantage to being in your golden years. Normally, we think of getting older as being synonymous with a slow decline in the health and function of our bodies.
But new research, recently published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, found that older people who had asthma—even though their lung function was worse overall—tended to be healthier than people under the age of 65.
That's a surprise isn't it? Here are the details:
- Researchers compared 566 patients age 65 or older with 2,912 patients aged 18 to 64 years.
- The older group had far less unscheduled doctor's office visits & emergency room visits.
- Older patients also used more inhaled corticosteroids.
- Older patients reported a better quality of life.
The bottom line is that, even with worse lung function and worse communication with their doctors, older people reported better controlled asthma than their younger counterparts.
It is important to note, however, that older asthma patients with a history of heavy smoking were excluded from the study.
Published On: December 18, 2007