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Thursday, 26 September 2013 14:53

Exercise benefits people with asthma

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(medicalxpress) Appropriate exercise programs can provide valuable benefits to people with asthma, helping to reduce the severity of attacks or prevent them entirely, finds a new evidence review in The Cochrane Library. The review also found that, contrary to fears that patients and parents of asthmatic children sometimes have, exercise does not generally worsen the condition.

"Sometimes people with asthma don't like to use medications all the time. Some people simply forget to use them whilst others use them but not regularly enough to prevent asthma attacks," said lead author Kristin Carson, a doctoral student specializing in respiratory medicine at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Adelaide, Australia. She considers physical exercise a valuable alternative approach to help control asthma attacks.

Asthma, a chronic condition, has become increasingly common in recent decades, note the review's authors, affecting 350 million people worldwide and accounting for 1 in every 250 deaths. The authors note that the benefits of exercise persist despite the fact that exercise is itself a common trigger of asthma attacks, along with others including pollen, and other airborne allergens.
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