Asthma and Obesity

Posted at 3:58 pm on 01/21/2015 by Powlin V. Manuel
As specialists taking care of patients with asthma, we have noticed that obese patients with asthma feel more dyspnea than non-obese. The reason we assume, is the mechanical effort the muscles of respiration require to exert, to expand the lungs, especially in a fast breathing state associated with an asthma attack – muscle fatigue sets in early. Recent studies evaluated the severity of asthma symptoms in patients with obesity following surgery to relieve obesity (bariatric surgery). Following surgery when the patients lost weight, significant improvements in symptoms and lung function followed (Dixon et al, 2011). This was especially true for patients with asthma and absence of allergies.

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