We need a robust evidence base to unravel the relationship between sex hormones and asthma

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Abstract

There has long been interest in whether sex hormones play a role in the development of asthma and influence its natural history, but much of this evidence base is of poor quality and hence difficult to interpret. This interest stems from clinical experiences, and findings from a substantial body of epidemiological investigations, and a smaller body of mechanistic and experimental studies. These have mainly focused on oestrogen and progesterone in females with inconsistent results. The focus on testosterone in both males and females in the linked study by Han et al is therefore welcome but other than these strengths,1 it suffers from many of the same limitations as much of the previous body of epidemiological work. In this editorial, we seek to contextualise the findings from Han et al and offer suggestions on how to strengthen the evidence base for understanding the relationship between sex hormones and asthma.
Original languageEnglish
JournalThorax
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Publication statusPublished - 7 Sep 2020

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