a chronic inflammatory disorder of the airways that causes attacks of
coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath and tightness of the chest. There is no
permanent cure for asthma. However the symptoms might improve over a period of
time. Most people with asthma are able to lead a normal life with proper
self-management and medical treatment.
Asthma being a common chronic disease with
significant clinical impact worldwide, researchers wanted to establish the mechanism behind the sex-related
disparities in asthma epidemiology and morbidity.
After the study it was
found that there was a striking sex-related difference in asthma.
Despite being given similar treatment, the
findings demonstrate that asthmatic women lead a poorer quality of life and
show increased utilization of healthcare facilities when compared to their male
counterparts with similar baseline pulmonary function. To explain the
sex-related disparity, scientists looked at various perspectives like the
potential influences of the female sex hormones, altered perception of airflow
obstruction, increased bronchial hyper-responsiveness and medication compliance
and technique. But none of these explanations could fully prove the sex-related
Scientists have expressed the need for further
research in this area so that it could help provide education to patients and
establish effective and individualized management strategies for all asthma