Stay calm to stay asthma free

2019-03-08 02:01:01

IF YOU are prone to anxiety, it’s time to chill out or your neurotic personality could triple your chances of developing asthma. Adrian Loerbroks and colleagues at Heidelberg University in Mannheim, Germany, used a questionnaire to evaluate tendencies to hysteria, anxiety and depression in 4010 adults without asthma. Nine years later, the team reassessed the volunteers and found that those who had high levels of neurosis were three times as likely to have developed asthma as those with low scores (Allergy, DOI: 10.1111/j.1398-9995.2009.02019.x). Animal studies have shown that chronic stress alters hormone levels,