Effects of body mass index, tobacco smoking, alcohol drinking and solid fuel use on the risk of asthma

Individual Participant Data (IPD) meta-analysis of 175 000 individuals from 51 nationally representative surveys


A new CGHR publication in BMJ examines the link between the combined effect of BMI, tobacco, alcohol and solid fuel use on developing asthma.

“The rising health and economic burden of non-communicable respiratory diseases such as asthma over the recent decades presents a significant challenge to public health. As per the 2014 Global Asthma Report estimates, asthma is the 14th most important disorder in terms of extent and duration of disability, and currently affects about 334 million people. Asthma is a complex disease with multiple potential risk factors of genetic, environmental and behavioural nature, such as solid fuel use (r; SFU), tobacco smoking, alcohol and body mass index (BMI).These potential factors are currently underexplored, but have called for greater attention, especially given the international variations in asthma prevalence, and increasing burden in the low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs).”

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