Weight issues 'can affect people's risk of asthma'

6 September 2016

A new study has indicated that a person's weight can have an effect on their chances of developing asthma.

The University of Copenhagen research linked information on body mass index (BMI) measurements in more than 300,000 schoolchildren to hospital admissions for asthma in early adulthood among the same group.

It was shown that the risk of asthma was significantly higher for overweight women than for those of normal and below-average weight, with overweight women showing a 39 per cent higher relative risk of asthma admission overall.

However, for men the opposite was true, with males who were underweight in childhood having a 24 per cent increased relative risk of being admitted with asthma.

This was attributed to a potentially wide range of factors, including levels of physical activity, lung mechanics and different environmental factors.

Professor Charlotte Suppli Ulrik, the study's lead author from the Hvidovre Hospital and the University of Copenhagen, said: "By understanding which individuals are at risk of developing more severe asthma, we can encourage lifestyle changes that can help reduce this risk."

Posted by Philip Briggs

 


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