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    Asthma and weight are related

    As obesity continues to be one of the most talked about subjects both in the media and socially most would agree the health problems can be staggering. Asthma can now be added to the list. Dr. Kim commends those who have conquered the battle of the bulge. Unfortunately, with massive weight loss the skin usually hangs. This is most apparent on the face, abdomen, and breast. A facelift will help to remove the excess skin and in most cases eliminate the turkey waddleunder most necks after weight loss. For the stomach an abdominoplasty removes the loose and hanging skin often referred to as an abdominal flap. The breast almost always need a full breast lift. It may be tempting to believe that breast implants will fill the loose skin and cause the breast to lift. This is rarely the case. Patients may elect for and implant, however, the breast will need to be lifted. Losing the weight is a great accomplishment patients should not compromise and choose procedures that will not provide a dramatic improvement. Obesity related health concerns are inevitable. According to The Los Angeles Times researchers have been delving into the link between obesity and asthma for years. The two conditions do seem to be connected.

    In 2010, the journal Allergy published a study that looked at 4,500 men and women. Twelve percent of the obese subjects had asthma, while just 6% of the subjects who were normal-weight did. (Overall, 8% of the study participants had asthma.) According to a Reuters report, study subjects’ likelihood of asthma rose with their body mass index (BMI) and waist measurement.

    A 2008 study of asthmatics in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology found that obese study participants were more likely to have severe bouts with the condition than normal-weight study participants.

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