Some Facts and Statistics about Asthma

  • About 300 million people suffer from asthma globally and this number is estiated to increase to 400 million by 2025. A picture is worth a thousand words: have a look at the figure above which shows the prevalence of asthma in different countries world-wide (for more details please refer a great review article from Masoli and coworkers 2004 [1]).
  • The countries that are worst affected by asthma include Ireland, the UK, Australia and New Zealand while those that are least affected include Albania, Romania, Georgia and Indonesia.
  • By 2020, asthma is expected to affect 1 in 14 Americans and 1 in 5 American families.
  • Asthma is the leading serious chronic illness among children.
  • In 50 percent of patients asthma starts during childhood. Asthma subsides in half of the children while reaching 13-14 years of age.
  • One of the facts as per our current knowledge is that asthma symptoms can not be cured 100% though they can be controlled to a fairly large extent with right education, treatment and management plan under your physician’s supervision. What also matters is how well you know your disease and whether or not you follow your management plan in a disciplined manner.
  • Asthma is a genetic disease, however, environmental factors play a significant role in shaping it up. In other words, tendency to get asthma is inherited, still it occurs only when one is exposed to trigger factors. You can control your asthma if you can recognize and correctly manage your environmental triggers. This can be done by amending your lifestyle a little.
  • Infection is predominant precipitating factor for asthma in children. Many a times it is termed as bronchitis instead of asthma.
  • Mental stress is not the cause of asthma but can aggravate it.
  • Asthma may be fatal if not controlled properly.
  • Asthma does not make you handicap. Many asthmatics have achieved high goals in their lives.
  • Asthma is not a communicable disease. It can not be transmitted from one person to another by any type of physical contact.

1. Masoli M, Fabian D, Holt S, Beasley R; Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) Program. The global burden of asthma: executive summary of the GINA Dissemination Committee report. Allergy. 2004 May;59(5):469-78. Link:

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6 Responses to Some Facts and Statistics about Asthma

  1. salih says:

    can a person with asthma works in army?
    is he is fit medically?

  2. Yaiza says:

    Hello, I am a student of a secondary school and I am doing a research project waht is about the epidemiology of the asthma.
    Does exist a relationship between the countries that have high percentage of population affected by this disease and the fact of their development?
    Thank you.

    • Dear Yaiza,
      Yes, there is some evidences which suggest that prevalence of asthma increases with prosperity. This hypothesis was proposed when East Germany and West Germany were united. Before union prevalence of asthma was low in East Germany but 12-15 years after union prevalence of asthma increased. It suggests that prosperity may be an indirect factor of asthma prevalence.

  3. khalilof says:

    Is it possible to get rid of asthma, by hard exercise .. sport.. ,and yoga ?

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