Yahoo! Health reports that obese asthma patients are five times more likely than non-obese asthmatics to be hospitalized for asthma.
A study in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology reports that obese individuals are also 2.7 times more likely to have poor asthma control and 4.6 times more likely to have a history of asthma related hospitalizations.
Dr. Michael Shatz, co-author of the study, says, “Obese people with asthma need to be followed more carefully because it’s harder to control their asthma, so they are more likely to end up in the hospital.”
Excess fat around the lungs may make it physically harder to breathe for some individuals. Other research suggests that fat cells themselves may release chemicals that could make asthma worse.
If you have asthma, do not be afraid to exercise! Losing a few pounds may help with your asthma tremendously. Be sure to discuss exercise with your physician, and always have asthma medications on-hand.
You can also reduce asthma symptoms by keeping your environment free of triggers like harsh chemicals, dust mites, and mold. If your asthma gets worse at night, for instance, try placing allergy bedding on your bed, and place an air cleaner in your bedroom.