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Older Women With Asthma Face Worse Health Outcomes
Date:8/1/2014

at asthma have much lower bone mineral density, increasing their risk for osteoporosis, the study authors explained. Inhalers are also linked to other health issues more common among older women, such as glaucoma, cataracts and adrenal suppression. Not only should older women be informed about how to use an inhaler correctly, they should be evaluated for these complications, the researchers advised.

Meanwhile, research has shown that rates of depression range from 15 percent to 35 percent among older women. Treatment for depression among people with asthma improves asthma outcomes. The researchers from the ACAAI concluded that women with asthma should be screened by their doctor and, if necessary, treated for depression.

Prevention is key to controlling asthma, the researchers added. Older women, however, may have less awareness of how well they are breathing. Moreover, it may be more difficult for these women to recover from feelings of breathlessness. In these cases, a peak flow meter can help with self-monitoring.

Other factors affecting the overall health of older women and their asthma control include:

  • Being obese or overweight
  • Being a caregiver and not prioritizing their own health needs
  • Having a limited income or living in poverty

More information

The U.S. National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute provides more information on asthma.

SOURCE: American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, news release, Aug. 1, 2014

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