Could fear of losing a job increase the risk of Asthma?

According to a recent study published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, the combination of work stress and the fear of losing one’s job increases the risk of developing asthma. People who strongly believed that they were going to lose their job had an increased risk of developing asthma up to 60 percent.
The research team analyzed data of over 7,000 working adults who participated in a Socio-Economic Panel Study, which is an annual survey of the German Population. The surveys were taken during 2009-2011. After the researchers took into account other risk factors such as lifestyle and depression, the paper concluded that asthma risk did rise due to job insecurity.
Learning how to manage stress is very important, because simply put we never know when an unexpected event like the loss of a job or similar event might turn our life upside down. How we manage our health before such unexpected events occur is key. That way we at least won’t have to worry about our health when stressful events do occur. If you need any help in managing your daily stress, please do not hesitate to give my office a call.

Dr. Shah, MD

Sources:

Job loss fears may boost first-time asthma risk — ScienceDaily, http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/09/140922205644.htm (accessed October 28, 2014).