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Obesity Alters Airway Muscle Function, Increases Asthma Risk

One of the most common defenses for not losing weight that you hear is that you can be overweight to the point of obesity and still be “healthy.” But if you have asthma or breathing problems, you may want to rethink that theory, as new research suggests that obesity changes how your airway muscles function, and increases your risk of developing asthma, MedicalXpress reports.

Health officials are very much aware that people with obesity have a higher rate of asthma and a decreased response to the corticosteroids used to treat it; however, this is the first time that studies have shown that obesity-related asthma may be caused by hyperresponsiveness to allergens, rather than just because of inflammation. Researchers said these findings may help them utilize alternative asthma management strategies that don’t involve steroids.

If this isn’t a kind and gentle way of suggesting it’s time to shed a few pounds, I don’t know what is. The truth is that obesity can, and does negatively affect your overall health, from your heart to your lungs to the glucose levels your doctor may be trying to “treat” with an insulin prescription. If you need positive reassurance, studies show that obese individuals who lost just 5 percent of their body weight gained significant health benefits. For an overweight individual weighing 200 pounds, that would be only 10 pounds to a healthier you — which isn’t all that hard to achieve.

Put another way, losing 5 percent of your body weight also lowers triglycerides and systolic blood pressure levels, along with liver fat and intra-abdominal fat volume. And, if you go beyond that 5 percent, the beneficial changes continue progressively.

Some may point out that provocative research suggests being slightly overweight may be linked to a longer life, leading you to question whether "healthy obesity" is a potential reality, but the reality is that for the vast majority of those who carry around extra pounds, health problems will often result. The undeniable facts are that obese individuals are more likely to die sooner or have heart-related problems than people of normal weight — even if they were otherwise healthy.

The good news is it’s possible to lose that 5 percent and more, and to do it in a way that keeps you satiated as the pounds roll off. Begin by simply rejecting processed foods, which are heavy in added sugars and full of dyes and artificial flavorings that are nothing but detrimental to your body’s hunger for nutrition.

My “fat for fuel” plan gives you all the keys you need to learn to give up sugar and to supply your body with the nutrition and energy you need to get and stay healthy, and to increase the quality and quantity of your life. More than half of all Americans struggle with chronic illness, including asthma, and I assure you that burning fat for fuel not only will give you a delicious, fun way to enjoy food, but will help you get back to good health.