Obesity linked to asthma risk in women

A recent conducted at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia has claimed that obesity and PCOS ( Polycystic ovary syndrome) are independently linked with asthma in women.

Last Updated: Apr 02, 2016, 20:05 PM IST

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: If researchers are to be believed, there could be a possible link between obesity and asthma in women.

A recent study conducted at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia has claimed that obesity and PCOS ( Polycystic ovary syndrome) are independently linked with asthma in women.

Women with PCOS may have enlarged ovaries and the disorder is associated with problems such as irregular menstrual cycles, excessive hair growth, acne, obesity, reduced fertility and increased risk of diabetes.

 

"A greater proportion of women with polycystic ovary syndrome report asthma, and the results of this study suggest that asthma is associated with PCOS and excess weight," said lead author Anju Elizabeth Joham from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.

"These findings highlight that polycystic ovary syndrome is a complex disorder that includes significant inflammatory underpinnings. These results also raise awareness of the need to consider higher risks in other health areas in this condition," Joham said.

The findings are scheduled to be presented today at ENDO 2016, the annual meeting of the Endocrine Society, in Boston.

(With IANS inputs)