Tuesday, September 9, 2008

More Sweat Equals Lower Risk of Exercise-Induced Asthma

“The more an athlete sweats, the lower the risk of exercise-induced asthma, a new study suggests. ‘The same mechanism that makes you sweat controls airway secretion,’ explained study author Dr. Warren Lockette, head of clinical investigation at the Naval Medical Center, in San Diego. His report was published in the September issue of Chest. This latest study follows other research, just published in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, that found obese people with asthma likely to have worse control and quality of life than non-obese patients with asthma. The possibility that exercise-induced asthma is related to sweat secretions doesn't surprise Dr. Clifford Bassett, an assistant clinical professor of medicine at the Long Island College Hospital, SUNY-HSCB, Brooklyn, and clinical instructor of medicine, New York University School of Medicine, who serves as vice chairman of the public education committee for the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. He added that exercise-induced asthma doesn't rule out activity. ‘The positive spin is, you can still engage in exercise, even on a high level,’ he said. Educate yourself, he advised. Know that exercising in cold air is usually worse than warm air, for instance. The condition is typically treated with bronchodilators, with exact instructions best coming for your allergist or other physician.”


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