Poor Mental Health, Asthma Risk Linked?

A new study hints at a possible link between adults’ poor mental health and their odds of having asthma.

The study, a national survey of more than 300,000 U.S. adults, shows that those reporting more days of poor mental health in the previous month were more likely to also report having asthma.

In the survey, which was conducted in 2006, participants were asked how many days during the past month they had poor mental health, including stress, depression, and emotional problems.

They were also asked if a doctor, nurse, or other health care provider had ever diagnosed them with asthma, and if so, whether they still had asthma.

Compared with people who reported no days of poor mental health in the previous month, people reporting up to a week of poor mental health in the previous month were 38% more likely to say they currently had asthma.

By the same comparison, people reporting one to two weeks of poor mental health in the previous month were 49% more likely to report currently having asthma.

People who reported two to three weeks of poor mental health in the previous month were 67% more likely to report currently having asthma, and people reporting three or more weeks of poor mental health in the previous month were more than twice as likely to report currently having asthma.

Read more at WebMD

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  1. Tim Reynolds says:

    Nice post. Thank you for the info. Keep it up.

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