2-Apr-15 11:00 AM  CST

Weight Loss Surgery May Help Reduce the Incidence of Asthma Flair Ups

Weight loss is something that we all seem to struggle with and given the fact that weight loss continues to be a multi billion-dollar industry isn’t an issue that will be going away any time soon. An article recently published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology finds yet another reason for dropping those unwanted pounds. The article references a study that followed more than 2300 patients diagnosed with asthma that were considered to be obese.

The patients in the study came from a database of patients in either California, Nebraska or Florida, who were between the ages of 18 and 54 and who had received some form of weight loss surgery between the years 2007 and 2009.Again, all patients in the study had previously been diagnosed with asthma and were considered to be obese prior to the weight loss surgery. The study found approximately 22 % of the patients at least one to two years prior to their weight loss surgery, had been hospitalized or seen in the emergency department due to difficulties resulting from their asthma diagnosis. Approximately 2 years after the weight loss surgery researchers found that hospital admissions and ED visits related to asthma had been reduced to just 11% of the patients studied.

Researchers believe that the reduction of admissions and ED visits are directly related to the patient’s weight loss associated with surgery. Inflammation is common with obesity. Interleukins are a side effect of inflammation that are released from fat cells and since inflammation is a known cause of asthma a greater risk of asthma and asthma flair ups are associated with a diagnose of obesity.

While the study is encouraging it should be noted that weight loss surgery, which includes, lap bands, gastric bypass, and gastric sleeves, are invasive measures and should be discussed with the patient’s physician at length before entering into any decision for surgery. Of course monitored diet and exercise are also culpable solutions to weight loss. Regardless of the solution used to shed those unwanted pounds it is apparent breathing will become a less labored event.

 

 

Resources:

 

Flanagan, N., (2015), “ Weight Loss Surgery Might Reduce Serious Asthma Flare Ups”, WebMD, http://www.webmd.com/asthma/news/20150327/weight-loss-surgery-might-reduce-serious-asthma-flare-ups, retrieved, 28. March 2015

 

News Every Day, (2105), “Weight Loss Surgeries Cut Down Asthma Episodes in Obese People”, http://www.newseveryday.com/articles/12446/20150328/weight-loss-surgeries-cut-down-asthma-episodes-obese-people.htm, retrieved, 28. March 2015

 


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Source: Sandy Andrews, CPhT, BLS  

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