Middle-age women with asthma more likely than men to be hospitalized
According to a new study in the journal Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, asthmatic women in their 40s and 50s are twice as likely to be hospitalized compared to asthmatic men of the same age. These results reinforced previous studies that more women die of asthma than men, accounting for 65 percent of all asthma-related fatalities.
Using data from the National Inpatient Sample between 2000 and 2010, researchers from the New York Downtown Hospital determined the ratio of male to female asthma hospitalizations. Certain factors were taken into consideration and adjusted for the outcomes including obesity, smoking, race, insurance, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
One researcher says this study puts a greater emphasis on the issues of females with asthma and indicates that more prevention and early intervention is needed.