Scientists claim that childhood respiratory disease may be harbingers of dangerous diseases, including lethal, to humans in the future. So, frequent colds in infancy leads to an increased risk of premature death.
The results of this study were published in the journal Thorax. The basis of the analysis became a major study of the health status of graduates of the University of Glasgow (Glasgow University) from 1948 to 1968. The study involved only men because women were rarely admitted to the universities, explain the experts. In the analysis of the data has been collected about diseases observed in childhood, including bronchitis, asthma, pneumonia. The scientists also took into account such indicators as weight category, height and blood pressure.
The second part of the analysis was to collect information on the health status of the subjects between the years 1998 and 2002. Of 8410 people who were attracted to the first part of the analysis at the time of the second part of the study survived 4044 participant.
The results of the analysis showed that among people who in childhood suffered from bronchitis, pneumonia or asthma, the risk of death from respiratory disease in adult life increases by 57%. These men are also two times more vulnerable to death due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It was also found that bronchitis, transferred in childhood, increases the risk of death from cardiovascular disease by 38%, the researchers note.