Asthma Ups Odds for Chronic Health Issues

Published Online: Saturday, April 1, 2006

Patients with asthma are more likely to develop at least one other chronic health condition. The findings are based on telephone interviews with >7600 randomly sampled individuals from 3 different Australian states. Of the sample, 834 had physician- diagnosed asthma.

The data showed that patients with asthma have nearly a 2-fold risk of developing chronic conditions. This population was 90% more likely to report having another chronic health condition, compared with patients without asthma. Overall, the researchers found that the risk of stroke was 2.5 times higher in the asthma group. For heart disease, the asthma group had 2.2 times the risk. Patients with asthma also had an 80% higher chance of having arthritis, and a 70% increased risk of developing osteoporosis. The risk of diabetes was 20% higher in the asthma group. The researchers speculated that age may be a factor. When the data were broken down by age, the researchers found that individuals over 55 tended to have the most substantial risk of having another chronic illness (Chest, February 2006).

Latest Articles
In case you got caught up in the Thanksgiving holiday rush, here are the top trending stories you may have missed in November:
Bryan Ziegler, PharmD, executive director of Kennedy Pharmacy Innovation Center, provides some resources for community pharmacists to use when implementing new collaborative services with primary care providers.
James Schiffer, RPh, associate at Allegaert Berger & Vogel LLC, discusses some tips for pharmacists who are facing a Drug Enforcement Administration audit.
Carlos Aquino, founder and president of PharmaDiversion LLC, talks about the importance of the Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) diversion website.
Latest Issues