Asthma Occurs within the Family

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Asthma - Lung disease in Family

Asthma is a common disease

Asthma is a major issue for the patient, the family and the society. In the United States alone, it affects 13.8 million adults and 6.2 million children, total 20 million asthma patients. Globally, it affects an estimated 300 million people. Asthma is responsible for approximately 1 out of every 250 deaths. Especially troubling is that asthma has increased significantly in the past 2–3 decades in the U.S. and worldwide. It is very important to identify if genetic and or environmental risk factors are responsible for the increased occurrence of asthma.

Asthma – Genetically Related

Many studies have been conducted during the last 20 years to identify genetic risk of asthma. It is clear that both mother and father are contributing to the risk of the childhood asthma. Particularly, maternal asthma does confer greater asthma risk to offspring than do paternal asthma.

Having one parent with asthma increases a child’s risk of developing asthma three-fold, while both parents having asthma increases a child’s risk by six times. So, genetics play a significant role in the development of asthma.

Therefore, the parent plays critical role in managing asthma for themselves and for their child.Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

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