Physician’s Weekly recently reported that older women are more likely to report having asthma than older men, and also have a 30% higher asthma-related mortality rate.
To discover why, Dr. Alan P. Baptist (MD,MPH) conducted a literature review in which he found data suggesting that hormonal changes during the menstrual cycle often play a large role in asthma symptoms. Other risk factors were also identified.
As a result of his review, Dr. Baptist recommended that physicians use Peak Flow Meters to assess asthma in older women because this particular group has a decreased perception of breathlessness.
There have been other scientific studies showing that women’s breathing does indeed differ to that of men’s and results in women feeling more out of breath. One study showed that the diaphragm in women had to work harder to compensate for smaller lungs and therefore narrower airways.
Another study found that the respiratory muscles in women used more energy when breathing, consuming a greater amount of oxygen.
One very recent study that was conducted on physically active young adults also showed that even in this younger and more active age group subjective differences appear which may partly be due to underlying differences in breathing patterns and operating lung volumes during exercise.
Women of any age therefore could benefit from exercising their breathing muscles, the inspiratory muscles (mainly the diaphragm and intercostals), with POWERbreathe to make them stronger and more resistant to fatigue. And because POWERbreathe is drug-free, it has no side effects or drug interactions.