Keeping body weight in a healthy range can benefit each of us in many different ways, including lower blood pressure, lower blood cholesterol, more balanced blood glucose, less joint stress, more energy, and improved self image.
But did you know it can also help lower your risk for developing asthma? It's true. Researchers at National Jewish Medical and Research Center recently analyzed a number of previously published studies. Their analysis confirmed that people who are overweight are 50 percent more likely to develop asthma.
In fact, your risk for asthma increases in direct proportion to your BMI, which is short for body mass index, a measure of how overweight you are. People who have a BMI greater than 25 are at greatest risk.
BMI is a the result of a ratio that compares your weight to your height. For instance, someone with a height of 5 feet and a weight of 128 would have a BMI of 25, which is on the borderline of being overweight. You can see a complete BMI chart and a BMI calculator at the Consumer.gov website.
Even if you have already been diagnosed with asthma, it's a good idea to lose weight if you're overweight. Losing weight will not make your asthma go away or cure it, but it can help lessen your symptoms and prevent asthma attacks.
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