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Are you Suffering From Asthma? A Healthy Diet Can Rescue You

Daily intake of a healthy diet rich in protein, fruit, and vegetables combined with proper exercise could help reduce symptoms and improve quality of life in people with the condition, according to a recent research. Asthma is a common and long-term condition affecting around one in ten people in the western world.

Are you Suffering From Asthma? A Healthy Diet Can Rescue You

Daily intake of a healthy diet can cure asthma.

HIGHLIGHTS

  1. Daily intake of a healthy diet can cure asthma
  2. Asthma patients who are obese can benefit from a better diet
  3. Asthma is a respiratory disorder causing narrowing of the air passage

Do you suffer from asthma? Daily intake of a healthy diet rich in protein, fruit, and vegetables combined with proper exercise could help reduce symptoms and improve quality of life in people with the condition, according to a recent research. Asthma is a common and long-term condition affecting around one in ten people in the western world. The majority of patients rely on daily medicine to control symptoms such as wheezing, chest pain and shortness of breath and many are wary of exercise, fearing that it could induce symptoms. "There is increasing evidence that asthma patients who are obese can benefit from a better diet and increased exercise," said Louise Lindhardt Toennesen from Bispebjerg University Hospital in Denmark. For the study, presented at the European Respiratory Society International Congress 2017 in Italy, the team worked with a group of 149 patients.

They were randomly assigned to one of four groups: one group was asked to follow a diet that was high in protein and with a low glycemic index (low GI), another group took part in exercise classes three times a week, which included bursts of high-intensity activity. While the third group took part in the exercise classes and followed the diet, the remaining control group did neither. The results showed that a combination of diet and exercise improved both symptom control and patients' quality of life, as well as improved their level of fitness.

On average, those who took part in the exercise and followed the diet rated their asthma symptom score 50 per cent better compared to the control group. "Our research suggests that people with asthma should be encouraged to eat a healthy diet and to take part in physical activity," Toennesen noted.


Asthma is a respiratory disorder that causes narrowing of the air passages due to a variety of reasons such as allergens like dust, fumes and smoke. Symptoms include difficulty in breathing, feeling of tightness in the chest, cough and wheeze. At present there is no cure for asthma, though symptoms can be controlled by medications such as steroids and bronchodilators either orally or as inhalers.

Awareness about the condition can help us reduce if not totally prevent suffering from an asthma attack. Following an action plan can go a long way in reducing the severity and frequency of attacks. Some of the measures that we can follow include:

  • Have a management plan chalked out in consultation with your health care professional
  • Avoid known triggers such as smoke, dust, pollen, cold and irritants
  • Be up-to-date with your pneumonia and flu vaccinations
  • Stay indoors during the humid and change of seasons
  • Do not use fans in closed and dusty places
  • Cover mattresses and pillows with plastic covers
  • Wash the bedding in hot water every week
  • Take your asthma medications regularly
  • Carry your medications and inhalers whenever you travel
  • Learn to identify attacks in the early stage and take measures immediately
  • Breathing exercises may help reduce and even prevent asthma attacks if followed regularly

With inputs from IANS and WHO

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