Is stress levels higher in people with asthma?
A new study from Detroit shows that adolescents with asthma have higher levels of stress and anxiety than the rest of the population. For the analysis, data on 38 patients aged 14-17 years were used. If children wake up at night with asthma symptoms, it is usually due to anxiety, scientists say. And shortness of breath that occurs during vigorous activity in people with asthma is most often caused by stress. The found link between asthma symptoms, stress and anxiety could be useful for clinicians. Research in this area will continue as it is not yet clear which comes first.
Comment: the fact is that all people with asthma, and not just teenagers, have adrenaline levels that are 5-10 times higher than normal. This has been proven by scientific research in the last century. Therefore, people with bronchial asthma are more emotional and prone to nervous reactions. Moreover, there is another problem – sudden death from asthma. It has to do with the conflict between the asthmatic’s own adrenaline and the asthma aerosols he inhales. This conflict is due to a banal thing – all bronchodilator aerosols are derivatives of adrenaline. But unlike the latter, they are very slowly inactivated in the body, so an overdose of these drugs can be fatal. We advise you to read on this topic a chapter from the book “Asthma. How to restore health.
Asthma and education
Will Hispanic Asthma School Help Improve Children’s Health?
The level of care for children with asthma in Hispanic families is much lower. This has long been established as a result of large-scale epidemiological studies. To combat childhood asthma among the Hispanic population, Massachusetts, an educational program has been created – a kind of asthma school, which will help members of the Hispanic community seek medical help. The organizers say that asthma is one of the most acute problems for this category of citizens. They seek to help people who are often deprived of information in their native language, which leads to a deterioration in the health of the population. According to the protesters, asthma is a common problem among the Hispanic population throughout the country. According to US research since 2013, Hispanics are 60 percent more likely to be hospitalized for asthma than non-Hispanic whites. That is why asthma school is vital for these people.
Comment: An interesting study was conducted several years ago regarding the impact of educational programs on asthma outcomes. As a result, it was found that activities such as asthma school increase patient awareness, but do not affect the frequency of exacerbations, hospitalizations and outcomes of bronchial asthma. So drugs cannot be replaced by any school!