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Obesity can cause asthma
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Obesity can cause asthma according to a new paper from Chile. Obesity Linked to Asthma
Obesity precedes asthma and makes it worse
“Studies have found that obesity precedes and predicts the onset of asthma, that increased obesity leads to more severe asthma, that weight reduction (by diet or gastric bypass) improves asthmatic symptoms, and that obesity [occurs with asthma in certain types of people such as young girls who start menstrating at at early age],” J. A. Castro-Rodriguez writes.
Possible Explanations: Immunity, inflammation, hormonal, genetic, nutritional, mechanical and physical activity
A number of possible explanations for the relationship between obesity and asthma have been suggested including the immune system, inflammation, hormonal, genetic, nutritional, mechanical and physical activity according to the paper.
“In the light of that evidence, we can finally suggest a causal relationship between obesity and asthma,” Castro-Rodriguez concludes.
Castro-Rodriguez JA. Relationship between obesity and asthma. Arch Bronconeumol. 2007 Mar, 43(3):171-75.
AUTHOR’S CONTACT INFORMATION
J. A. Castro-Rodriguez
Escuela de Medicina
Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile
Santiago de Chile
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