Friday, October 3, 2008

Obese Asthmatics Hospitalized More Than Other Asthmatics.

Much more.

Extremely overweight people who suffer from asthma are nearly five times more likely to be hospitalized for the condition than others with asthma.

David M. Mosen, Ph.D., MPH’s study at Kaiser Permanente was published in the September, 2008, issue of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

"Given that nearly 30 percent of our country is obese, this study is yet another example of the long-term dangers of obesity, along with heart disease, diabetes, stroke and dementia."

Past studies found that obese
• People are more likely to suffer asthma than non-obese people,
• Patients often have more severe asthma than their non-obese counterparts.

Since asthma afflicts more than 20 million Americans, Mosen’s other discoveries are also alarming:

• Nearly a third of adults with asthma are also obese.

• Obese people with asthma had significantly worse asthma control, lower asthma-related quality of life, and had 4.6 times higher risk for asthma-related hospitalizations than non-obese asthmatics.

• Obese people with asthma were younger and less educated than non-obese people with asthma.

• Obese people with asthma used more oral corticosteroids.

• Obese people with asthma had a higher incidence of gastroesophageal reflux disorder.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines obesity as having a Body Mass Index of 30 or higher

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