Obese asthmatics 5 times more likely to be hospitalised

September 4th, 2008 - 5:07 pm ICT by IANS  

Washington, Sep 4 (IANS) Obese people who are asthmatics are nearly five times more likely to be hospitalised than their non-obese counterparts, according to a study.”The big finding here is that even after adjusting for risk factors, obese adults were nearly five times more likely to be hospitalised for their asthma,” said study co-author David M. Mosen of the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research.

This is the first study that explains the obesity-asthma association taking into account risk factors like smoking, use of oral or inhaled corticosteroid medications, gastro disorder and demographics. Previous studies have shown that obese people are more likely to suffer severe asthma than non-obese people.

“Given that nearly 30 percent of our country is obese, this study is yet another example of the long-term dangers of obesity, along with heart disease, diabetes, stroke and dementia,” he added. Researchers at two Kaiser Permanente Centers surveyed 1,113 patients in Oregon, Washington, and Colorado, aged 35 and above, who have persistent asthma.

More than 20 million Americans have been diagnosed with asthma. Nearly a third of adults with asthma are also obese, according to researchers. The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention defines obesity as having a body mass index or BMI of 30 or higher.

Researchers asked the patients about their weight, height, smoking habits, other illnesses, treatment and their asthma-specific quality of life, asthma control and asthma-related hospitalizations.

These findings have appeared in the current issue of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

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