Asthma is a disease that mostly affects young boys and adult women, but a new study suggests that menopausal women may be at greater risk for hospitalization.
It's allergy season and doctors say allergies and asthma are closely linked. The study found women in their 40s and 50s with asthma are hospitalized more than twice as often as men in the same age group.
"It's hard to predict that there are going to be people that are worse, that their hospitalizations are greater. That study certainly suggests that, but people can go the other way. They can say that my asthma got better around menopause too so. You just want to be aware that these hormones are playing a role. Women tend to be more affected than the men," said Dr. S. Shahzad Mustafa, allergist with Genesee Health Service.
The 10-year study is published in this month's issue of Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, the scientific journal of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.