Higher Levels of Testosterone Protect Against Asthma, Study Finds

in Asthma, News
Published: March 15, 2019

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A study from the University of South Florida shows that higher levels of testosterone appear to protect against asthma.

Researchers analyzed data on over 7,500 patients between the ages of 1 and 80 years old from the 2011-2012 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.

The population cohort was divided into three groups. The group with the highest testosterone levels had the biggest decrease (58 percent) in the odds of having asthma, compared to the group with the lowest levels.

Women, Asthma and Testosterone

The trend was more pronounced in the female population. A higher level of the male hormone among female patients led to a 31 percent less chance of having asthma. That compares to 3 percent lower odds in male patients.

The study, first presented at the AAAAI allergists meeting in February 2019, suggests that the hormone could protect against developing asthma.

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