Republican Regrets Auschwitz Gas Chamber Video
Chris Christie's Asthma Attack: Was Obesity to Blame?
Famous for his weight issues as well as his political views, the New Jersey governor's recent hospitalization for asthma has raised new concerns about how weight can affect your asthma risk.
By Amy Solomon
Don't Miss This
Sign Up for OurAsthma and AllergiesNewsletter
Thanks for signing up!You might also like these other newsletters:
FRIDAY, July 29— When New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was hospitalized after he complained of lightheadedness and trouble breathing, doctors quickly diagnosed it as an asthma attack when an X-ray, EKG, and other tests came back normal. Christie has been open about his asthma, which he was diagnosed with as a teenager; he has said previously that he uses an inhaler every day to help keep the condition under control, according toThe New York Times.
Christie has also publicly discussed his struggles with obesity, saying candidly after his hospital release, "I weigh too much because I eat too much." He also suggested that his weight may have played a role in his asthma attack, adding that, "I think the weight exacerbates everything. The lighter I am, the healthier I'll be."
The Link Between Asthma and Weight
Obesity is a known risk factor for asthma, a chronic health condition that causes inflammation and narrowing of the airways (the tubes that allow air to flow in and out of your lungs). Nearly 25 million Americans have asthma, and rates have increased as much as 12 percent over the last decade. Experts aren't sure of the reasons for the increase — many believe it may be related to environmental factors such as air pollution, and perhaps higher levels of obesity as well.
Research has found that obese adults with asthma are almost five times more likely to be hospitalized for their condition compared to people without asthma. Obese children and teenagers are twice as likely to have asthma as those at a healthy weight.
One theory is that the inflammation that plays a role in both conditions may be to blame. Obese people are also more likely to have other issues such as acid reflux, a common asthma trigger. Carrying extra pounds can also worsen asthma symptoms and make managing them more difficult — for example, excess belly fat can interfere with the diaphragm, the muscle that moves up and down as we breathe.
Although losing weight isn't a cure for asthma, it can improve symptoms and lead to better asthma management.
When an Asthma Attack Turns Serious
Experts say that Gov. Christie did the right thing by seeking medical attention when his daily inhaler medication didn't help relieve his symptoms.
Asthma attacks most often begin in response to common triggers such as smoke, pollution, mold or mildew, vigorous exercise, dust mites, or pet dander. During an attack, asthma symptoms like wheezing and chest tightness come on suddenly, making it difficult to breathe.
In many instances, asthma attacks can be managed by using an inhaler, a device dispensing quick-acting medication, which relaxes the muscles around the narrowed airways. But because severe asthma attacks can be dangerous, it's important to go to the emergency room immediately if the inhaler does not relieve symptoms or if you are unable to breathe while walking or talking.
Can Asthma Attacks Be Prevented?
There are ways to prevent asthma attacks or lessen their frequency and severity, primarily by paying attention to environmental and other triggers that can cause them. Experts suggest the following measures:
- Know your individual triggers and do your best to avoid them.For example, when pollen counts are high, stay indoors and use an air conditioner if possible. If dust mites aggravate your asthma, make a special effort to keep your home clean and free of dust.
- Treat symptoms early.As soon as you notice signs of an attack, use your inhaler or other rescue medication. Try to remove yourself from any triggers in your environment (e.g., if you are near a smoker, move away).
- Take your medications.Stick to the dosage schedule that your doctor prescribes for any asthma drugs, and be sure to carry rescue medication with you at all times.
Video: Sitting: A Workplace Health Crisis | ABC News
Our Edit: Desk To Dinner Handbags
3 Amazing Benefits And 2 Side Effects Of Tartaric Acid
Hoping for Remission
The Truth About Green Tea
How To Have A Spa Day At Home
How to Cook Corn in the Microwave
Moisturizing psoriatic skin
How to Find Your Inner Beauty
Restaurantes en Madrid: estos son los nuevos locales que tienes que conocer