Lung and Breathing Disorders
Most people take breathing for granted, unaware that breathing disorders are rife and are the cause of approximately 14% of deaths in the U.S.A. alone.
Lung disease is a major cause of death and carries a very high mortality rate worldwide. The death rate associated with lung disorders has increased vastly over the past twenty years.
The causes of lung and breathing disorders vary. They include: asthma, rhinitis, emphysema, bronchitis, cystic fibrosis, and lung cancer. A person who is having serious breathing difficulties can often be identified by the following traits:
Taking excessive breaths per minute
To embark upon a diet which still contains this particular food would be pointless.
Bluish coloration around the mouth and fingernails
Grunting sounds upon exhalation
Chest retraction just below the neck with every breath
A major contributor to breathing disorders, particularly in children, is obesity and excess weight. A study recently published in the American Journal of Epidemiology showed that the risk of developing asthma and other breathing related disorders was greatly increased in children that were overweight.
As many lung and breathing disorders are associated strongly with weight problems, it is important for sufferers to embark upon a sensible healthy eating plan in order to reduce their weight. However, it is important to first seek professional, nutritional advice. It may be that the initial reason for the weight gain and the subsequent breathing problems is down to an allergy or sensitivity to a type of food or additive. To embark upon a diet which still contains this particular food would be pointless. By seeking appropriate advice and having blood tests for related allergies and sensitivities, any possible cause or contributor to weight gain can be identified and an appropriate eating plan can then be developed. By adhering to the structured eating plan combined with regular exercise, overweight sufferers of breathing problems can begin to reduce their weight, thus alleviating related health problems.
Publish date: 10/05/03