Risk factors for incident asthma and COPD in a cohort of young adults

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Introduction: The aim of the study was to describe potential shared risk factors for incident asthma and COPD in a population-based, 9-year follow-up study. Methods: From a cohort of 1191 individuals, aged 20-44, who participated in baseline survey including spirometry, bronchial challenge, and skin prick test (SPT) 742 subjects (62%) were reexamined at follow-up in 2012-2014. Results: A total of 27 incident cases of asthma and 22 cases of COPD were identified at follow-up corresponding to an incidence rate of 5.8 (95% CI 3.9-8.4) and 3.5 (2.2-5.3) per 1000 person years, respectively. Among the identified COPD cases a total of 12 were Asthma-COPD Overlap Syndrome (ACOS). Atopy defined by positive SPT was a risk factor for asthma in males (OR 7.54; 95% CI 1.24-45.90), whereas risk factors in females were nasal allergy (3.81; 1.20-12.11), FEV1<100% predicted (3.96; 1.07-14.62) and parental asthma (3.06; 1.00-9.40). Risk factors for COPD in males were bronchial hyperresponsiveness (23.13; 1.41-380.50) and FEV1<100% predicted (all male cases had FEV1<100% predicted) and in females current smoking (3.34; 1.16-9.59) and asthma at baseline (5.21; 1.48-18.34). Conclusions: No shared risk factors for incident asthma and COPD were found. Despite low power when stratifying by sex risk factors for incident asthma and COPD emphasize considerable gender differences.


  • Lisbet Krogh Traulsen
  • Jesper Bælum
  • Anders Halling
  • Gert Thomsen
  • Trine Thilsing
  • David Sherson
  • Torben Sigsgaard
  • Øyvind Omland
  • Tine Malling
  • Lars Rauff Skadhauge
Enheter & grupper
Externa organisationer
  • University of Southern Denmark
  • Odense University Hospital
  • Aalborg University
  • Hospital of South West Jutland, Esbjerg
  • Aarhus University

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ) – OBLIGATORISK

  • Lungmedicin och allergi


Sidor (från-till)1021-1029
TidskriftClinical Respiratory Journal
Utgåva nummer3
Tidigt onlinedatum2017
StatusPublished - 2018
Peer review utfördJa