Tuesday, 1 May 2007

Weighing up the risk of asthma

Being overweight increases the risk of developing arthritis, stroke, heart disease, diabetes. Now a new study done in the US has found that asthma can be added to this list of medical conditions.

The research findings show that for every person of normal weight who has asthma, there are 1.5 people who are overweight or obese. It is not yet clear why being overweight increases the risk of asthma. More here.

Overweight people may also experience breathlessness because the lungs do not work properly.

Th new research may encourage more people to control their weight before it controls them.

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