Table 2

 Characteristics of symptomatic and asymptomatic cases

Symptomatic cases (n = 328)Asymptomatic cases (n = 187)
Figures are mean (SD) or percentage (number) as stated.
Symptomatic cases are those who reported wheeze within the previous 12 months.
BMI, body mass index; FEV1, forced expiratory volume in 1 second; ex-smokers, individuals who reported previously smoking >1 pack year; age diagnosed, reported age at which asthma started; asthma treatment, self-reported current use of medication for asthma.
†p⩽0.02, ‡p⩽0.001, difference between symptomatic and asymptomatic cases.
Men, % (n)34.8 (112)28.9 (54)
Mean (SD) age (years)58.4 (8.9)58.5 (8.3)
Mean (SD) BMI (kg/m2)26.3 (3.9)25.9 (3.6)
Ex-smokers, % (n)25.0 (82)22.6 (42)
Mean (SD) age diagnosed (years)32.9 (20.8)29.4 (21.7)
Asthma treatment, % (n)84.2 (276)‡44.4 (83)‡
Mean (SD) FEV1 (l)2.06 (0.72)†2.21 (0.63)†