Non Allergic Asthma is Linked to Obesity-
Although there are already a thousand reasons to lose weight, such as risk for diabetes and premature death, a study published in the Medical Journal Chest, has given another. The more obese a person is, the higher their risk for asthma. Obesity is defined as a body mass index greater than 30. (Click here to calculate your BMI). An increased BMI, especially above 40, is also associated with a significant increase in risk of death, diabetes, high blood pressure and other horrible diseases. Therefore, in addition to asthma medical therapy with inhalers, nebulizers, air purifers and allergy avoidance, weight loss can also play a crucial role. The study went on to show:
If BMI increased by just 1 point (see below).
- Women without allergies- 7.1% increased risk of asthma
- Women with allergies- 4% increased risk of asthma
- Men without allergies- 3.4% increased risk of asthma
- Men with allergies- 2.4% increased risk of asthma
Real life example: Woman #1 is 5’5″ ft. tall /220 lbs. and has a BMI of 36.6 (Obese), Women #2 is 150 lbs/ 5’5″ and has a BMI of 25 (Normal). These 2 woman have a BMI difference of 11. 11 x 7.1 = 77.7% . Therefore, women #1 has almost a 77.7% increased risk of asthma due to her obesity when compared to Woman #2.
|BMI <18.5||Underweight, possibly dangerous|
|BMI 18.5 to 25||Healthy|
|BMI 25.1 top 30||Overweight|
|BMI 30.1 to 40||Obese|
|BMI > 40||Morbid Obese|
Recommendation: Weight loss and exercise are still the recommended therapy for overweight and obesity. Please follow up with your Health Care professional for management and assistance. Although weight loss can not guarantee your asthma will go away, it will provide numerous health benfits.
Reference: Chest, 2006; 130: 890-895