Asthma is a condition in which a person's airways narrow and swell, producing extra mucus.

What is asthma?

Asthma is a condition in which a person’s airways narrow and swell, producing extra mucus. This can make breathing difficult and trigger shortness of breath, wheezing and coughing. From some, asthma is only a minor issue, while others find it to be more of a nuisance. Asthma can interfere with every day activities and lead to life-threatening attacks. There is no cure for asthma, but it can be controlled. This condition can change over time, and it is important for you and your doctor to track your signs and symptoms as treatments are adjusted. The symptoms of asthma include chest tightness, shortness of breath, problems sleeping due to breathing, wheezing or coughing and coughing attacks.

What is asthma’s relation to obesity?

The exact cause of asthma is unclear, but it may be due to a combination of genetic and environmental factors. There are many things that can increase the risk of asthmatic symptoms, and being overweight or obese are two factors. Obesity is defined as having a body mass index (BMI) or 30 or higher. With obesity, the lungs are under-expanded and people take shorter breaths, making the airways more narrow and more prone to irritation. Airway swelling and irritation help to trigger asthmatic attacks. This condition is a chronic inflammatory disease and because obese patients have this inflammation, they are more likely to be asthmatic. Obesity can also worsen the symptoms and make them more difficult to manage.

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In order to help obese patients who have difficulty breathing, we provide medical weight loss advice and solutions.* In order to get a weight loss plan that is specific to you and focuses on your overall and long-term health, schedule an appointment at MediMax Obesity Institute.* We have three locations in British Columbia: Abbotsford, Langley and Chilliwack. To get started, request a consultation online or call us at (604) 217-1827.

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