The effect of obesity on chronic respiratory diseases : pathophysiology and therapeutic strategies

Authors: Poulain, MagaliDoucet, MarièveMajor, GenevièveDrapeau, VickySériès, FrédéricBoulet, Louis-PhilippeTremblay, AngeloMaltais, François
Abstract: Sedentary lifestyles and increased pollution brought about by industrialization pose major challenges to the prevention of both obesity and chronic respiratory diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, obstructive sleep apnea and obesity hypoventilation syndrome. Obesity has emerged as an important risk factor for these respiratory diseases, and in many instances weight loss is associated with important symptomatic improvement. Moreover, obesity may influence the development and presentation of these diseases. In this article, we review the current understanding of the influence of obesity on chronic respiratory diseases and the clinical management of obesity concurrent with asthma, COPD, obstructive sleep apnea or obesity hypoventilation syndrome.
Document Type: Article de recherche
Issue Date: 25 April 2006
Open Access Date: Restricted access
Document version: VoR
This document was published in: Canadian medical association journal, Vol. 174 (9), 1293–1299 (2006)
Canadian Medical Association
Alternative version: 10.1503/cmaj.051299
Collection:Articles publiés dans des revues avec comité de lecture

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