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Published on : Sep 14, 2017

A recent research study has suggested that the combination of a healthy diet and proper exercise can help reduce the symptoms of asthma and help the person lead a better life. Asthma is one of the most common respiratory diseases across the globe, affecting nearly one in ten people in western countries.

A vast proportion of asthma patients depend on daily medicines to keep the symptoms in check, which include chest pain, wheezing, and shortness of breath. Many patients are wary of exercise, dreading that it could aggravate the onset of symptoms. However, there is increasing evidence that suggests that asthma patients who are also obese could significantly benefit from increased exercise and a better diet, added Louise Lindhardt Toennesen of the Bispebjerg University Hospital, Denmark.

The study was presented at the European Respiratory Society International Congress (ERSIC) held in Italy this year. For the study, researchers worked with 149 patients. These patients were randomly segregated into four groups: one group followed a diet high in protein and low in glycaemic index, another group was asked to participate in exercise classes thrice a week, which included activities requiring high bursts of intensity.

The third group was asked to follow the diet as well as to attend exercise classes. The fourth group, however, was required to do neither. The results suggested that the group that followed the diet and also followed the exercise regimen showed an improvement in the patient’s quality of life as well as symptom control, while also improving their level of fitness. On an average, all those who followed the diet and took part in exercise said that their asthma symptom rate was 50% better as compared to the group of people who neither followed the diet nor did any exercise.