Study examines reason for COPD in women

Thursday, December 5, 2013

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The growing prevalence of COPD in women is due to changes in smoking trends, work hazards and, possibly, hormones, according to a new study published in Translational Research. “Over my 30 years of treating patients, I’ve seen the number of women with COPD increase dramatically to where they now outnumber the number of men with COPD in my practice,” said study author Dr. David Mannino of the University of Kentucky. “Women with COPD are particularly at risk for certain complications, such as osteoporosis.” More women are smoking, and may be exposed to more chemicals and pollution at work than they traditionally were, according to the study. Female sex hormones are now shown to influence airways, as well, with scientists learning tobacco smoke and air pollution have a greater effect on the lung function of girls than boys.