Chronic lung diseases tend to affect all patients in specific ways. For instance, most people have shortness of breath and increased mucus production. However, there can be significant variation in the symptoms and their severity from person to person. Gender can also play a significant role in how conditions like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) affects you.
Why Do Chronic Lung Diseases Affect Men and Women Differently?
The reasons that chronic lung diseases affect men and women differently aren’t clearly understood. One theory is that the difference in lung size between men and women plays a part in the severity and type of symptoms each gender develops. Another theory is that the different levels of hormones like estrogen and testosterone in women and men could be a factor.
Facts and Statistics For How Chronic Lung Diseases Affect Women Versus Men
In recent years, an increasing number of studies have focused on the role gender plays in chronic lung diseases. Overall, the studies have shown that women are becoming more likely to have a chronic lung disease. Here are some specific statistics for men and women:
Chronic Lung Disease and Women
According to a study published by the National Institutes of Health (NIH):
- Women accounted for 53% of the COPD deaths in 2009.
- Women who have never smoked are 1.5 times more likely to develop COPD than men who have never smoked.
- COPD with chronic bronchitis was twice as likely in women than men.
- Shortness of breath tends to increase faster in women with chronic lung diseases.
- Women tend to have lower mucus production rates than men with COPD.
Chronic Lung Disease and Men
The same study by the NIH also offers several interesting facts about chronic lung disease in men:
- Men are more likely to have the emphysema form of COPD.
- Chemical-based aids to quit smoking, such as nicotine patches, tend to be more effective for men.
Another source reports that men are more likely to develop occupation-based chronic lung diseases, like pneumoconiosis.
Confirming the reports of other sources, the Cleveland Clinic states that:
- Emphysema is more common in men.
- Men between 50 and 70 years old have the highest likelihood of developing this chronic lung condition.
Lung Health Institute Offers Effective Chronic Lung Disease Treatment for Men and Women
At Lung Health Institute, our natural and minimally invasive treatment options are intended to help treat chronic lung disease symptoms for both men and women.
For example, we offer cellular therapy that can be used to help people regardless of gender. Cellular therapy is a minimally invasive procedure that uses concentrated platelets and cells from your body to target lung disease. These platelets release healing properties that may help to promote healing in damaged tissue and reduce inﬂammation in your lungs.
Take the next step to Breathe Easier™. Contact one of our patient coordinators today for more information or to schedule a free consultation.