Menopausal women are at greater risk of hospitalization for asthma, scientists say.
Asthma is a disease that often affects young boys and adult women. And according to a 10-year study, women aged 40-50 with asthma are more than twice as likely to be hospitalized as men in the same age group.
Before puberty, boys have higher rates of asthma than girls, but during menopause, women are twice as likely to be hospitalized as men in the same age group, suggesting that asthma may have different biological characteristics …
To calculate the ratios between hospitalizations for men and women in different decades of their life, the databases for 2000-2010 were used. The largest difference was found in the fifth and sixth decades. Common coexisting conditions such as cigarette smoking and obesity were taken into account.
This study confirms that asthma is a health problem for women. There is a need for more prevention and early intervention to help reduce hospitalizations for asthma in menopausal women and reduce health care costs.
The American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology recommends that women aged 40-50 with asthma make an appointment with their allergist and ask questions about the need to change medications; symptoms associated with the risk of severe asthma during menopause; monitoring your condition in order to avoid the need for emergency therapy and hospitalization.