Women just as susceptible to chronic lung diseases
CHRONIC lung diseases are just as prevalent among local women as in men, a local study has found.
The first study on the prevalence of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) also revealed that women may be more susceptible to the smoking-related lung damage.
The study surveyed 949 adults - 64 per cent men - with a median age of 52 years. They were asked to complete a risk assessment questionnaire and a breathing test for COPD, that measures a person's lung capacity.
It detected COPD in about 9 per cent of the male respondents, and 8 per cent of women, even though there was a significantly higher proportion of smokers and ex-smokers among the men.