Asthma and related chronic conditions

Many people with asthma have other chronic diseases and long-term conditions. These are referred to as comorbidities (co-mor-bid-it-ies) —two or more health problems presenting at the same time. For people with asthma, having a comorbid chronic condition can have important implications for their health outcomes, quality of life and treatment choices.

The chance of developing chronic conditions increases with age, and since asthma often starts early in life, people with asthma are likely to develop another chronic condition during their lifespan. Asthma in adults has been associated with obesity, mental disorders, arthritis and cardiovascular disease .Other chronic conditions that are commonly found in people with asthma, and that can impact on asthma include:

  • allergic rhinitis
  • obesity
  • obstructive sleep apnoea, respiratory infections and
  • gastro-oesophageal reflux disease

An estimated 2.5 million Australians currently have asthma, based on self-reported data from the National Health Survey. Of these, around 1.4 million people also had one or more of the following selected chronic conditions:

  • arthritis
  • back problems
  • cancer
  • cardiovascular disease/diseases of the circulatory system (CVD)
  • chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • diabetes
  • mental health problems.

Asthma affects people of all ages; however, many of the people with asthma and comorbid conditions are older Australians, reflecting the fact that chronic conditions are more widespread in older age groups. Additional chronic conditions that are commonly found in people with asthma, and that can impact on asthma, include:

  • allergic rhinitis
  • obesity
  • obstructive sleep apnoea
  • nasal polyps (soft, painless, non-cancerous growths)
  • gastro-oesophageal reflux disease.

Of those who reported asthma, 42.4% had asthma only, and 57.5% had at least one other of the chronic conditions.

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For more information on Asthma and comorbidities go to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare website and download the PDF and talk to your GP or health care professional