The first Tuesday of May (today!), is World Asthma Day, organized by GINA -- the Global Initiative for Asthma -- with the goal of improving asthma awareness. While most people have heard of asthma and may know someone who is affected by it, many people do not understand it well. We have compiled a few basics here to do our part in promoting awareness and understanding.
- Asthma is common, 1 in 12 people (about 25 million people in the U.S), and the prevalence is growing.
- There is no cure for asthma, but it can be controlled, so having asthma doesn’t have to mean strict limits on lifestyle. Many notable athletes manage the disease, including professional football player Jerome Bettis, a six-time Pro-Bowl running back! This old advertisement featuring “The Bus” brought us some smiles in the office -- especially for those with Pittsburgh connections.
- When asthma is controlled it means that the person has no asthma symptoms (or only infrequent, mild symptoms) and can perform all of their normal activities. When asthma is not well controlled there is a higher likelihood of experiencing an exacerbation (or asthma attack).
Despite the incredible wealth of information about the disease, for many people one big challenge of controlling asthma remains the lack of a gold standard measurement of asthma control. At Tueo Health we’re doing our best to change that – stay tuned!