What is Asthma?
Asthma is a disease affecting the lungs, which causes wheezing, breathlessness and nighttime or early morning coughing. In severe cases symptoms can be disabling.
How obesity can affect Asthma
There appears to be a relationship between obesity and asthma. People with asthma complain of more breathlessness and wheezing the higher their BMI. In addition, people who are overweight or obese are more likely to have asthma.
How losing excess weight may improve Asthma symptoms
The Gastric Banding Procedure to help lose excess weight may also deliver significant improvements in respiratory symptoms and reduce the use of relief medications as well as improve lung function amongst obese people with asthma. Studies report that losing weight using the Gastric Banding technique improved or eliminated Asthma symptoms and medication use in 57% to 100% of cases at 12-36 months after the procedure. In one study, additional improvements in severity, daily impact, hospitalisation, sleep and exercise were noted in all patients for at least 12 months after Gastric Banding.