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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) was found to be the most common comorbidity for adults with asthma, according to a study published in BMJ Open Respiratory Research. Acute rhinosinusitis, chronic rhinosinusitis with nasal polyps, atopic dermatitis, allergic rhinitis, dysfunctional breathing, diabetes, pneumonia, sleep apnea, and gastroesophageal reflux disease, respectively, were also common comorbidities. Based in Finland, the study included 1,648 adults with asthma and 3,310 individuals without the condition, following them for 15 years. Researchers found COPD was not only 10 times more common among patients with asthma but it was also more severe compared to patients without asthma. 

Keep the inhaler handy: The World Health Organization estimates that 262 million people across the globe have asthma.

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COPD Common Among Asthma Patients