A non-profit organization warns that women with asthma are twice as likely to die from asthma than men.
Women account for more than two-thirds of UK asthma deaths in the past five years, according to Asthma + Lung UK, which has called for more to be done to address the “health disparity”.
Asthma is a breathing disorder in which the airways narrow, swell and produce excess mucus, making breathing difficult. Wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness and cough are all symptoms.
Asthma affects approximately 136 million women worldwide. According to statistics, more than 5,100 women have died of asthma attacks in the UK in the past five years, compared to fewer than 2,300 men.
According to the study, many people are unaware that changes in female sex hormones can trigger asthma symptoms or lead to life-threatening attacks.
Asthma is more common and severe in boys in childhood. However, after puberty, the situation changes, and asthma becomes more common and severe in women, according to the findings.
According to the charity, the current “one size fits all” approach to asthma treatment is “not working” because it ignores the effect that female sex hormones have on asthma symptoms and during puberty, periods, pregnancy and menopause. on attacks.
It said more had to be done to address “serious health disparities”.
Sarah Woolnough, chief executive of Asthma + Lung UK, said, “Gaps in our knowledge are failing women, leaving them battling asthma symptoms, caught in a cycle of being in and out of hospital and in some cases Losing his life.” Quoted as saying.
Researcher Mome Mukherjee from the University of Edinburgh said, “There hasn’t been enough research on why women are more likely to be hospitalized and die from asthma and what treatments, new and existing, may help women.” “
(with inputs from agencies)