Living with Asthma

Asthma and Your Diet

As more and more research and overall effort goes into the fight against asthma, new connections are being analyzed and even being successfully made between variables that for years most thought had no connection whatsoever. One of those new connections appears to be that which exists between asthma and an asthma patient's diet.

Below is an overview of the ongoing developments between asthma and your diet.


Existing Disagreements

Perhaps the biggest remaining disagreement between medical experts in regards to this issue involves the exact foods that could help prevent or minimize the damage done by asthma attacks. Those who think that this is relevant encourage asthma patients to eat more vegetables, drink more coffee with caffeine and to cut down on fatty and rich foods that tend to clog airways, especially if eaten too quickly. Others feel that there is absolutely no connection between the specific foods eaten and the likelihood, more or less, for additional asthma attacks.

The Agreements

The issue described above is one of the only remaining disagreements that exists between medical and dietary experts. Much more is agreed upon, and the foundation for this agreement begins with some basic statistical patterns.

For the past 30 years, the rate of asthma in the population has risen by approximately 50% per decade. Not only is this a disturbing trend that in and of itself has led to a huge amount of research as to its causes, but it's also been tied by some to an almost identical rise in the obesity rate in Americans over that same amount of time.

The working theory that seems to be taking shape is that while the specific foods people eat may still be open to debate, the general quality of a person's diet can and generally will affect the severity of the asthma that they are managing and fighting on a daily basis.

If a person eats foods that contain a high amount of fat and cholesterol, he or she would tend to have less 'wind' available in a cardiovascular sense even if he or she does not have asthma. Therefore, those who are out of shape and overweight tend to struggle with their breathing from time to time, and this is only exacerbated in those who have asthma.

Additionally, those who take in a regular routine of healthy, non–fatty food tend to enjoy the opposite effect given that their metabolisms are in working order and their respiratory health also tends to outrank those who do not eat well.

As you see, eating a good diet is likely going to pay dividends for those with asthma. As to the specifics of what your diet should entail, you should start by working with your doctor to get some basic planning done. From there, you could enjoy a lower risk of attacks in the future.