Deseases

Asthma

July 12, 2017

Asthma is a condition that makes respiration very difficult for the afflicted. It is extremely common and known to be caused by multiple elements of our environment. A commonly mentioned suspicion about the illness is that women are more likely to be affected by it than men. That suspicion has now become fact thanks to a recent research that was made by scientists at the Walter and Eliza Institute in Melbourne, Australia.

  • In a lot of studies that look at differences between the two genders, the element that gets blamed or credited the most out of all other factors is usually testosterone, and while this may be false in some cases, it was found that the hormone does indeed play an important role in asthma infections.
  • In fact, it was reported in the study that testosterone was found to greatly reduce the production of lymphoid cells (ILC2s) which react to certain asthma triggers such as pollen, dust or cigarette smoke by creating an inflammatory response that shows as an asthma attack. Since testosterone becomes a major part of the male metabolism after puberty, this finding perfectly explains the old statistic that found young boys to be more asthmatic in general than young girls.
  • Therefore, the direct result of this research is that less ILC2s in the lungs directly affects the severity of asthma by reducing it to almost undetectable levels.
  • These results will from now on form a strong basis for upcoming asthma research that is urgently needed. In fact, the current ways of treating asthma do tackle testosterone but they are very loose in terms of the areas they affect, such as steroids which can have serious side effects.

Now, however, future research will be able to deal directly with ILC2 production thus accelerating the speed at which new more effective treatments can be developed.