Asthma experts preach we asthmatics should exercise no matter how severe our asthma is. This is true. Yet new research suggests exercise itself might actually cause some folks to develop asthma. While it is believed most people are susceptible to developing asthma because they have the asthma gene (as I wrote about here ), new evidence shows that some folks who do not have the gene may also develop asthma. In fact, this study performed in the U.K. shows that as many as 50 percent of athletes develop asthma.
So, if exercise is supposed to be so healthy, how could it cause asthma ? Basically, athletes develop a "special kind of asthma" that occurs only when they exercise. Experts refer to this as exercise induced bronchospasm (EIB), as opposed to exercise induced asthma (EIA). However, in the general population, EIA is the term that is most often used. The main difference, however, between EIA and EIB, is patients who suffer from EIA generally have other asthma trig...
This weekend I’ll be participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk in my area. It’s a short jaunt – just a 3K walk and fun run. Earlier this week, I started realizing that many people do what I do – mix exercise while supporting a cause they hold close to their heart. And in fact, some people seem to make training for these events the center of their exercise regimen.
Take Michelle, who has focused most of her effort to fighting cancer through participating in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, Susan G. Komen 5K Walks, and the 3-Day Komen for the Cure. “I participate because I HATE cancer! I watched a very dear friend die from pancreatic cancer nine years ago on Nov. 9,” she explained. “Since then I have lost several other friends to cancer, including my roommate’s mother to breast cancer. I hope that by selecting one organization to support that they will find a cure, and that will unlock the door to ot...
Light-headedness - dizzy; Loss of balance; Vertigo
If you tend to get light-headed when you stand up:
Avoid sudden changes in posture.
Get up from a lying position slowly, and stay seated for a few moments before standing.
When standing, make sure you have something to hold on to.
If you have vertigo, the following tips can help prevent your symptoms from becoming worse:
Keep still and rest when symptoms occur.
Avoid sudden movements or position changes.
Slowly increase activity.
You may need a cane or other help walking when you have a loss of balance during a vertigo attack.
Avoid bright lights, TV, and reading during a vertigo attacks, because they may make symptoms worse.
Avoid activities such as driving, operating heavy machinery, and climbing until 1 week after your symptoms disappear. A sudden dizzy spell during these activities can be dangerous.
Call your health care prov...
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