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Breathing difficulties in obese people frequently misdiagnosed as asthma

Studies have previously shown that overweight women have an increased risk of asthma. Recent studies however, indicate that many of overweight or obese women may have been misdiagnosed with asthma. Carrying excess weight puts pressure on the lungs making breathing difficult. Weight loss will improve breathing difficulties but will not improve breathing in asthma sufferers.

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About: Breathing difficulties in obese people frequently misdiagnosed as asthma

Date: 19 October 2004

Source: US News and World Report

Author: Clara Brenner


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