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Asthma affects more than 10 million adult women. People with asthma tend to be at increased risk of osteoporosis, which also is a health concern of older women. Taking menopausal hormone therapy may increase the risk of asthma among postmenopausal women. Asthma often begins in older adulthood.
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Age Healthier, Breathe Easier: Solutions You Can Use to Control or Reduce Environmental Triggers — This site provides a list of asthma triggers and explains what you can do to reduce your exposure to each trigger.
Asthma Overview: Prevention (Copyright © Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America) — This publication explains what you can do to minimize the effects of asthma in your life by removing the triggers from your household.
Clearing the Home of Asthma Triggers: 10 Steps to Making Your Home Asthma-Friendly — This fact sheet gives ten easy steps that you can take to reduce the risk of having asthma attacks in your home.
Seniors and Asthma (Copyright © American Academy of Allergy, Ashtma and Immunology) — This site lists several articles about diagnosis, treatment, and lifestyle concerns for seniors with asthma.
What Is Asthma? — This online publication explains what asthma is. It covers information about the signs and symptoms as well as the risks factors involved. Treatment and prevention is also discussed.
What People With Asthma Need to Know About Osteoporosis — People with asthma have a greater risk of osteoporosis. This fact sheet explains what steps people with asthma can take to prevent osteoporosis.
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American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
American Lung Association
Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIH
National Institute on Aging, NIH, HHS
Content last updated August 12, 2010.
Resources last updated August 12, 2010.
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