• In 2018, 17% of men and 18% of women had ever had asthma diagnosed. A higher proportion of younger people reported diagnosed asthma (21% of adults aged 25 to 34) than those in older age groups (13% of adults aged 75 and over).
  • More women than men had current asthma (11% and 9% respectively). This includes 8% of women and 5% of men who reported that they had experienced symptoms of asthma in the last 12 months (uncontrolled asthma) and 4% of women and 3% of men who reported that their asthma symptoms were controlled by medication in that period (controlled asthma).
  • The proportion of adults with current asthma varied by income, especially among women. Those in the lowest income households were more likely to have current asthma (10% of men and 15% of women) than those in the highest income households (9% of men and 8% of women).
  • Among women with current asthma, those in low-income households, those reporting any exposure to other people’s smoke, and those with some reported health problems were more likely to have uncontrolled asthma, after other factors were accounted for.
  • More boys than girls had diagnosed asthma (12% and 7% respectively). Older children were more likely than younger children to have diagnosed asthma (16% of children aged 10 to 12 and 14% of children aged 13 to 15, compared with 7% of children aged 0 to 9).
  • The proportion of children aged 0 to 15 with diagnosed asthma decreased by 10 percentage points from 20% in 2001/02 to 10% in 2018.

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