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Assessing the relationship between obesity and asthma in adolescent patients: a review

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2147/AHMT.S26707

Keywords: children, airway reactivity

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ssessing the relationship between obesity and asthma in adolescent patients: a review Review (835) Total Article Views Authors: Ross KR, Hart MA Published Date February 2013 Volume 2013:4 Pages 39 - 49 DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2147/AHMT.S26707 Received: 27 April 2012 Accepted: 20 November 2012 Published: 18 February 2013 Kristie R Ross, Meeghan A Hart Department of Pediatrics, Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, OH, USA Abstract: The parallel rise in the prevalence of obesity and asthma over the last several decades has led to an extensive line of investigation into the relationship between these two conditions. This review will discuss evidence from laboratory-based studies, observational clinical studies, and clinical trials that suggests that obesity adversely influences asthma through multiple mechanisms. The effect of obesity on asthma during adolescence, including asthma incidence, the severity and control of existing asthma, lung function, and exacerbations, will be reviewed.

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