Risk Is Higher For Certain Ethnicities According
to the AAAAI, asthma affects 20 million Americans and minorities have
the greatest risk of dying from, or being diagnosed with the disease.
African Americans are particularly at high risk for asthma and research
shows that African Americans four times more likely to be hospitalized
and five times more likely to die of asthma than non-African Americans.
in the February 2006 Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
(JACI), the peer-reviewed journal of the AAAAI presents several
findings. According to the research, asthma prevalence is highest
for Puerto Rican Americans, the next highest prevalence being among
Native Americans, then non-Hispanic blacks. Also, asthma mortality
for whites has increased from 2.1 deaths per 1,000,000 in the early
1980s to 2.6 deaths per 1,000,000 in the 2000-2001 time period.
During the same time period, the mortality rate for African Americans
increased from 9.9 to 13.2 deaths per 1,000,000 population.
A survey of
Medicaid-insured children with asthma, by Ruchi S. Gupta, MD, MPH,
of Northwester University Feinberg School of Medicine, additionally
showed that black children had worse asthma status and less use
of preventive medication than white children. The same survey showed
that fewer black adults also reported receiving asthma self-management
education than white adults.
show that not only do African Americans and Puerto Rican Americans
have high risk for asthma, but some also have less education about
self management. Knowing this, it is important to make sure that
every asthma sufferer learn about proper treatment and management
of asthma. Check with your doctor to make sure you are up to date
on all the latest asthma care options.
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