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The relationship between obesity and asthma 

The relationship between obesity and asthma
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The relationship between obesity and asthma
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Beuther David

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199651559.003.0076
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date: 19 November 2019

Camargo et al. addressed the relationship between body mass index (BMI) and the risk of developing asthma. They performed a prospective cohort study in 85911 female US registered nurses aged 26 to 46 years. The main outcome measure was self-report of physician-diagnosed asthma with recent use of asthma medication. The authors identified 1596 incident cases of asthma between 1991 and 1995. After controlling for potential confounding factors (including age, race, smoking, physical activity, and energy intake), they identified a strong, independent, and positive association between BMI and risk of adult-onset asthma. They conclude that the increasing prevalence of obesity in developed nations may help explain simultaneous increases in asthma prevalence.

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