Table 1: Clinical characteristic of asthma: comparison between seniors and youth.

CharacteristicsSeniors  
Youth 
P

Mean age <0.05
Women (%)63 (60)45 (44)<0.05
Smokers (%)7 (6.7)9 (8.2)NS
Former smokers (%)13 (12,4)6 (5.9)NS
Duration of asthma <0.05
Late onset of asthma (after 65 years; %)68 (17.6)
Mean result of ACT NS
Severe asthma (%)32 (8.4)23 (5.7)NS
Moderate asthma (%)38 (36)29 (28.8)NS
Mild asthma (%)43 (40.6)43 (41.8)NS
Fully controlled asthma24 (22.8)48 (46.2)<0.05
Partly controlled asthma47 (44.8)49 (48)NS
Uncontrolled asthma34 (32.2)6 (5.8)<0.05
Allergic rhinitis59 (56.3)63 (61.7)NS

NS: not significant.