A large proportion of adult asthma may be preventable, according to the latest University of Tasmania Faculty of Health research.
The finding is based on the Tasmanian Longitudinal Health Study (TAHS), the world’s largest and longest-running population-based study of respiratory disease.
School of Medicine graduate Daniel Tan found that late-onset adult asthma was highly related to environmental factors such as current smoking.
There were also other modifiable factors related to gender and socioeconomic status.
“From a public health perspective, this suggests a large proportion of adult asthma may be potentially preventable,” Mr Tan said.
“These findings reinforce the public health recommendation for people with asthma, who smoke, to quit.”
The study reaffirmed that Tasmania has one of the highest rates of adult asthma in the world, with more than 15 per cent of the middle-aged research subjects suffering from the disease.
The team will now carry out follow up research to look at the long-term impact of adult asthma into older age.
“This information will be particularly valuable in identifying subgroups at the greatest risk of developing irreversible airflow obstruction.” Mr Tan said.
You can read more about the research team’s findings here. Story credit: University of Tasmania newsroom.
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