Obesity, currently a worldwide epidemic, is associated with a number of conditions, including coronary artery disease, lipid abnormalities, gallstones, cancer and type 2 diabetes, obstructive sleep apnoea, and obesity hypoventilation. Recently, studies have shown that asthma may also be associated with, and perhaps worsened by, obesity. Ongoing research suggests that type 2 diabetes and asthma may be linked to obesity through chronic systemic inflammation. In this report, the authors focus on the possible underlying mechanisms linking the conditions and discuss management and preventive options.
asthma, obesity, inhalers