A new study led by a native of India has shown that people with asthma are more prone to obesity. Asthma is an inflammatory condition in which the airways of a person become inflamed, become narrow and swell and produce extra mucus, making it difficult for the person to breathe. According to the study, those who develop asthma as adults and those with non-allergic asthma are at greatest risk of obesity.
Previous studies have pointed out the links between asthma and obesity, but the researchers say that the relationship between asthma and obesity is more complex than previously thought. It is a subject that may need more research to find ways to address these two growing health challenges. The results were presented at the European Respiratory Society International Congress in Paris.
"We already know that obesity can be a trigger for asthma, perhaps through a physiological, metabolic or inflammatory change," said Subhabrata Moitra, research student at ISGlobal – the Barcelona Institute for Global Health in Spain.
Researchers said they do not know exactly why having asthma increases the risk of obesity or that different asthma treatments have some effect on this risk. But there is a strong association between the two that needs further studies and research.
For the study, 8,618 people from 12 countries were followed for 20 years. The findings showed that 10.2 percent of asthmatic patients had become obese at the start of the study after ten years. Among people who did not have asthma, 7.7% was obese ten years later.
The increase in the risk of obesity was even greater in people whose asthma started in adulthood.
Ayurveda for asthma
According to the book The Comprehensive Book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies by Dr. Vasant Lad, Bronchial asthma is characterized by sudden attacks of short, wheezing breathing accompanied by wheezing. The underlying cause of all asthmatic disorders has increased kapha dosha in the stomach. Ayurvedic treatment for asthma aims at the kapha is in the lungs and bronchi back to the stomach, from where it can be eliminated. Here are a few herbal remedies that Ayurveda proposes to control asthma:
1. Mix a teaspoon of cinnamon and a fourth teaspoon trikatu in a cup of boiling water. Let it infuse for 10 minutes and add a teaspoon of honey for drinking. You can take this tea twice a day.
2. You can also take a quarter cup of onion juice with a teaspoon of honey and an eighth teaspoon of black pepper. This remedy will help relieve shortness of breath and reduce congestion.
3. Also try to take half a teaspoon of bay leaves and a fourth teaspoon pippali mixed in a teaspoon of honey at least two to three times a day.
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(With inputs IANS)