Losing Weight Can Help You Manage Asthma


Jennifer Larson

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Lose weight, breathe easier? Perhaps. If you have asthma, losing a few pounds might help you achieve better lung function and feel better, too.

Consider the link between obesity and asthma.

It’s fairly well known that people who are overweight or obese are more likely to develop asthma. What we don’t know for sure is why. Scientists haven’t pinpointed the exact connection between obesity and asthma. Some research suggests extra fat tissue can produce inflammatory substances that can affect the lungs, but experts caution the association between asthma and obesity seems to be very complex.

However, we do know losing weight can help people better manage their asthma. Weight loss is associated with better symptom control and better lung function.

You know the saying: You are what you eat. With asthma, that’s especially true. Real asthma patients and specialists explain how making certain choices when chowing down can help you manage your asthma.

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Jan 19, 2016

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