Obesity and Asthma

Posted at 3:29 pm on 01/21/2015 by Powlin V. Manuel
One of the main problems in obese patients who come to the office with asthma is the difficulty in deciding the role of obesity in the severity of symptoms. Clearly, obsese patients suffer from more dyspnea or feeling of shortness of breath compared to non-obese asthma patients. Dixon et al, 2011 found that obese patients with asthma significantly improved in their symptoms, lung functions, and brochial reactivity after they underwent surgery for weight reduction and managed to reduce weight. This was espcially true in those patients with low incidence of allergies. Weight reduction needs to be part of treatment in patients with asthma and obesity.

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