Results of a recent nation-wide US study confirm a link between poor mental health and an increased risk of developing asthma.
Psychological factors and asthma have a long relationship dating back hundreds of years and this latest study supports that link.
Over 300,000 US citizens took part in a national survey by supplying mental and physical health information which researchers then used to estimate mental health problems and an associated risk of asthma.
Overall, those suffering with poor mental health were found to be 30% more likely to have asthma than people who reported to be in a good state of mental health.
The research team also identified a relationship known as a ‘dose-response’ that meant for every day a person suffers poor mental health so there was a corresponding impact on the risk of asthma.
Other risk factors such as smoking addiction, physical activity and overall health were accounted for and even people who reported having less than two weeks of poor mental health were increasing their risk of reported asthma.
Mental health problems such as depression and anxiety are treatable using a variety of natural therapies.