-- Robert Preidt
TUESDAY, June 5 (HealthDay News) -- Older adults who have asthma
are at increased risk for poorly controlled asthma if they are
obese, a new study says.
Researchers looked at 104 patients and found that those aged 65
and older who were obese were five times more likely to have poorly
controlled asthma than those of average weight.
The study also found that older patients with asthma may be more
susceptible to the effects of traffic air pollution. The reason is
unclear, but may be due to potentially impaired responses to highly
reactive molecules produced in their bodies as they breathe in the
polluted air, the researchers said.
The findings were published June 1 in the journal
Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.
"Poor asthma control can lead to a decreased quality of life and an increased risk for emergency department visits, hospitalizations and death," lead author and allergist Dr. Tolly Epstein said in a news release from the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.
The number of older adults with asthma in the United States is
expected to increase from the current 3.1 million to 6.2 million in
2037, according to the study. Older adults account for two-thirds
of asthma-related deaths.
"The health effect of outdoor air pollutants on asthma in baby boomers as well as young children is substantial and underappreciated," study co-author and allergist Dr. David Bernstein said in the news release.
The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology offers
tips on how people with asthma can reduce their exposure to air
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America has more about
older adults and asthma.
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