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Obese seniors may have a harder time controlling their asthma

Posted by RHHAdmin on Jun 6, 2012 8:32:02 AM

Asthma can be a debilitating illness for seniors, ultimately affecting their quality of life. Although a private care attendant can help those who are suffering the most, it's important that elderly individuals work to stave off the dangerous risks of the condition.

According to U.S. News and World Report, seniors who are also obese are at a higher risk of having poorly controlled asthma.

The news provider points to a recent study of more than 100 patients aged 65 and older, and found that obese individuals were five times more likely to have a bad case of asthma than patients who weighed an average amount.

"Poor asthma control can lead to a decreased quality of life and an increased risk for emergency department visits, hospitalizations and death," lead author and allergist Dr. Tolly Epstein said in a news release from the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

Although there is no set way to prevent asthma, Third Age reports those who suffer from the disease should refrain from smoking and keeping the windows closed to avoid an attack.

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