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Researchers in Ottawa are starting to believe that many obese people are misdiagnosed with asthma. Obesity strains the respiratory muscles and thus breathing is more laboured. Once they lose weight, their lung function may return to normal. A trial on 58 obese women showed that after losing weight their breathing improved and none seemed to have their airway reactivity affected (sign of asthma) even though 41% were diagnosed with asthma. More research needs to be done to establish the link.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Chest
About: Obese women might be misdiagnosed with asthma
Date: 9 June 2004
Author: Susan Aldridge
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