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Im overweight and have asthma.When I try to work out I get winded really fast. What are my best options?

Im overweight and have asthma.When I try to work out I get winded really fast. What are my best options?

Control the weight: Overweight asthmatics find that their asthma is much more difficult to control, and are frustrated that they can't exercise enough to lose weight. Please read "Why We Get Fat" by Gary Taubes. This explains that exercise is NOT the way to lose weight. Developing a low-carb diet is much more effective. You'll find that your asthma will be much easier to control once you get your BMI under 30 or 25. ...Read more

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Dr. Lisa Saponaro
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Overweight (Definition)

Nearly two-thirds of the United States population is overweight. There are many ways to determine if a person is overweight, but experts believe that a person's body mass index (BMI) is the best way to assess an adult's weight in relation to their height. * A BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 is considered normal. * Adults with a BMI between 25 and 29.9 are considered overweight. There are exceptions. For example, an athlete may have a higher BMI but not be overweight. * Adults with a BMI greater than 30 are considered obese. * Adults with a BMI greater than or equal to 40 are considered extremely obese. * Anyone more than 100 pounds overweight is considered morbidly obese. A person with a high BMI may have a normal amount of body fat is they have ...Read more


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I have asthma. I am a male, slightly overweight I have been told I snore alot, very loudly. How can I fix this? I am driving people crazy, please help

I have asthma. I am a male, slightly overweight I have been told I snore alot, very loudly. How can I fix this? I am driving people crazy, please help

Sleep study: First, you need a sleep study to determine if you have sleep apnea. A sleep study will determine its presence, it's severity and guide treatment. If you have sleep apnea and you begin using either CPAP or bibap, your symptoms should improve and you should feel less tired in the daytime, too. If you don't have sleep apnea, there are treatments available to help with your snoring. Good luck! ...Read more

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Every morning my boyfriend wakes up with violent vomiting. He is 30 years old, a smoker, used to drink a lot, overweight and has asthma. It's scary!

Every morning my boyfriend wakes up with violent vomiting.  He is 30 years old, a smoker, used to drink a lot, overweight and has asthma.  It's scary!

Your boyfriend: Needs to see his physician asap for thorough evaluation and help. Vomiting every morning is definitely not normal. Yes, this would be scary for you -- and i hope you'll encourage him to see a doctor asap. ...Read more

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My daughters sugar levelswere 8.1 and she went for a fasting glucose test the following day but I was told it will be following day results in but 2nd day still waiting is this normal or is something wrong. She is a bedwetter and overweight with asthma.?

My daughters sugar levelswere 8.1 and she went for a fasting glucose test the following day but I was told it will be following day results in but 2nd day still waiting is this normal or is something wrong. She is a bedwetter and overweight with asthma.?

Mmol/L?: A blood sugar of 8.1 mmol/l is elevated for anyone. However, if your child also has asthma, checking a blood sugar while on oral steroids could acutely raise blood sugar. A hba1c would be much more accurate for assessing chronic blood sugar control. Chronic bed wetting not sign of diabetes. If she is overweight consider obstructive sleep apnea which causes this & it makes asthma worse esp w/reflux. ...Read more

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I am a 23 yoF, not overweight, hx of asthma, allergies, anxiety. This is the first time I have experienced this: as soon as I start to doze off, I feel as if I forget to breathe, and I have to do it manually. What could be causing this? Would a sleep pill

I am a 23 yoF, not overweight, hx of asthma, allergies, anxiety. This is the first time I have experienced this: as soon as I start to doze off, I feel as if I forget to breathe, and I have to do it manually. What could be causing this? Would a sleep pill

Sleep apnea?: A sleep study may be helpful in classifying your sleep disorder. Management options can vary. What you have described is suggestive of central sleep apnea, but talk to your doctor about scheduling the test to be sure! ...Read more

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My BMI says 29.2 which means overweight. I been feeling uncomfortable because i have asthma and get easily out of breath. How can i lose this weight?

My BMI says 29.2 which means overweight. I been feeling uncomfortable because i have asthma and get easily out of breath. How can i lose this weight?

Chicken or egg?: Great question! And great attitude! You listed "asthma pump" but not which name/brand. If it's a brand of Albuterol eg Proventil (albuterol) or Ventolin, need to ask your Family Doc or Pulmonologist or Allergist for controller/preventive inhaler eg fluticasone. Perhaps add montelukast. Ask about using Albuterol right before starting exercise session. Work w/your docs to develop Asthma Action Plan w/your goals ...Read more

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How should I start an exercise program if i'm overweight, have slightly high blood pressure and asthma?

How should I start an exercise program if i'm overweight, have slightly high blood pressure and asthma?

Starting to exercise: Before you start stressing your body, make sure your BP and asthma are controlled by medications. Once your doctor says you are all right to exercise, start by walking a few minutes a day. You want low impact, weight-bearing exercise, assuming you can walk without major pain. Increase gradually as you are able. The key is to do something regularly. Wave your arms like an orchestra conductor! ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Asthma (Definition)

Asthma is a disease of the lungs caused by chronic inflammation of the airways most often caused by allergies. This inflammation results in airway swelling and hyperactivity leading to difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, dry cough, etc. MIT is a diagnosis made by combining clinical ...Read more