Loss & Your Lungs
Betty Kamen, PhD, and Dr. Michael Rosenbaum, MD
Weight reduction can improve lung function and exercise capacity
in overweight women.
Overweight women often
limit their exercise or activity level because they experience
shortness of breath, so they have difficulty losing weight. But
even moderate weight loss results in easier breathing and increased
exercise capacity. Of course, the more weight lost, the better
the improvements in lung function.
Many overweight people
are diagnosed with asthma due to their asthma-like symptoms of
reduced lung function, wheezing, and shortness of breath, when,
in actuality, their symptoms are caused by pressure on the respiratory
system due to excess weight. But increased lung function usually
occurs with weight loss due to stress reduction on the respiratory
Obesity has a significant
impact on nearly every system in the body, leading to such conditions
as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, and respiratory complications.
[Reports have been
pouring in about the success of the California Calcium Countdown
plan. Medical journal studies (referenced in the book) support
the claims for calcium helping weight reduction. In fact, it may
be the only current book on dieting that has so much medical validation.]
Source: Chest. 2004;125:1972-1973,
2046-2052; Lose Weight with the California Calcium Countdown,
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