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I breathe very heavily. Is this because I am overweight?

I breathe very heavily. Is this because I am overweight?

Possibly: Obesity is associated with a condition known as obstructive sleep apnea which can affect breathing. The breathing could also be affected by failure of the diaphragm to fully expand the chest cavity from the excess weight. ...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'm not overweight. But I breathe heavily. Is something wrong with my lungs?

I'm not overweight. But I breathe heavily. Is something wrong with my lungs?

Or your heart: Breathing heavily may be a sign of lung disease, but can also be a sign of heart disease, and need to be evaluated by your doctor. ...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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My wife has COPD and is over weight? Will loading weight help her breath better and do more? How the best way to do it? Walking is hard for her

My wife has COPD and is over weight? Will loading weight help her breath better and do more? How the best way to do it? Walking is hard for her

Possibly: Loosing weight is a good idea but depending on the severity of the COPD it may not help as often times in people with this the lung disease lung tissue gets destroyed. She should see a pulmonologist and get tested as oxygen may help the symptoms. ...Read more

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Been having shortness of breath for a while now, (which I am over weight) but now am having chest pains when sneezing or stretching. ?

Been having shortness of breath  for a while now, (which I am over weight) but now am having chest pains when sneezing or stretching. ?

Chest pain: There can be so many reasons for your symptoms. Please make an appointment with your primary physician. ...Read more

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Severe sleep apnea from brain forgetting to send signal to breath and enlarged tonsil and adenoid/over weight/ 1 year old any suggestions or options?

Severe sleep apnea from brain forgetting to send signal to breath and enlarged tonsil and adenoid/over weight/ 1 year old any suggestions or options?

Fix what U can: In a 1yo enlarged tonsils & adenoids can produce significant sleep apnea & removal may solve that component of the issue. Respiratory stimulants like caffeine are commonly used in neonatal sleep apnea but may or may not be helpful at one year. Fix what you can & work with your treatment team on alternatives.The people who know the case have a better chance to sort it out. ...Read more

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