One of the most common respiratory diseases is asthma, a condition which currently has no cure, but it can usually be controlled with appropriate treatment. Asthma can also result in asthma attacks when symptoms of the condition become extremely bad and this is potentially fatal. In England in 2018, 18 percent of women and 17 percent of men were living with asthma, with equivalent figures for Scotland being very similar. Furthermore, 12 percent of boys aged 16 years of age and 7 percent of girls in England had been diagnosed with asthma. It is possible, though, that children ‘grow out’ of asthma as they become slightly older.
The lifestyle choices of individuals in the United Kingdom are also important in the occurrence of respiratory diseases. In England in 2019/20, there were approximately 410 thousand hospital admissions for respiratory diseases which were caused by smoking. The number of admissions as a result of smoking has been increasing nearly year-on-year since 2010. Around a quarter of 25 to 34 year olds in England smoke regularly, increasing their risk of developing a respiratory disease in later life.
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