Boys with asthma more likely to break bones, according to largest study yet

An Australian study has found an association between asthma and increased risk of bone fractures in boys. 

The University of Melbourne-led research, the world's largest on the subject, found that boys with recent wheezing were 30-40% more likely to fracture a bone than peers who had not experienced wheezing, independent of age or medication use.

However, the same elevated risk levels were not seen in girls, something which could relate to differences in lifestyle such as reduced risk taking and to earlier maturation, the researchers suggested.

The findings underline the importance of bone health education among children with asthma, University of Melbourne research fellow Dr Sharon Brennan-Olsen said.

“Given the number of children with asthma, we really need to promote bone health for them. What we do in early childhood determines what could happen in later