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Asthma Worsened by Cured Meats, Says New Study

Asthma is a chronic disease, which causes irregular breathing due to inflammation and swelling of the airways to the lungs. It can affect children and adults, and may be mild or severe in nature. A new study, performed by the World Health Organization, has shed light on an asthma risk which may have been previously unknown to most asthma sufferers. The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology writes; “If you have asthma your airways are always inflamed. They become even more swollen and the muscles around the airways can tighten when something triggers your symptoms. This makes it difficult for air to move in and out of the lungs, causing symptoms such as coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath and/or chest tightness.”

Cured meats, which have already been proven to cause medical risks in the way of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer, could also have a negative effect on your lungs. In fact, these ingredients are being linked to a multitude of throat and lung disorders, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and lung cancer. The most recent research was published in the medical journal, Thorax. It discusses the link between cured meat, weight gain, obesity, and asthma.

What’s so Bad About Cured Meat?

Cured meats, such as pepperoni, salami, and pastrami may be delicious, and a regular standard for deli sandwiches, but they are also high in nitrates. With the world on high health alert in terms of unnatural ingredients, there has been a recent awareness made toward the dangers of nitrates in foods like bacon and hot dogs. These nitrates have the ability to harm the cells in your body, and can lead to a variety of illnesses and health issues.

The most recent study also suggests that cured meats are high in C-reactive protein. Medical News Today explains; “There is a relationship between consuming cured meats and increased levels of C-reactive protein, a key player in the immune system. C-reactive protein can induce inflammation, resulting in tissue damage over time.”

Eating these processed products can cause digestive issues, a rise in blood pressure, and now, a risk of raised levels of asthma symptoms.

Other Asthma Stressors

Of course, cured meats aren’t the only issue which asthma sufferers need to be wary of. Smoke inhalation by way of cigarettes, marijuana, or even a bonfire can trigger symptoms. Similarly, dust and debris in the air can be a trigger. Whether or not allergies are present, pollen, and other plant matter floating in the air can cause breathing issues for those with asthma.

Most doctors recommend that asthma sufferers carry an inhaler for moments when an attack occurs. Symptoms of an attack include shortness of breath, chest pain, coughing, wheezing, and the sensation of choking for air. Relaxation and breathing techniques are also taught by asthma therapists and natural healers around the world. It is believed the regular exercise and proper sleep patterns can greatly decrease the severity of symptoms. Those who are obese have a greater risk of experiencing asthma symptoms at their worst, and for prolonged amounts of time.

Get Peace of Mind

If you are experiencing increased asthma symptoms, or are curious about the effects of cured meat on your body, speak to your doctor or a nutritionist today. By cutting out smoked, salted, and processed meats, and replacing them with fresh versions of the same food, you can enjoy the flavors you love without the additional health concerns. Dr. Sunit Jariwala, a lead on one of the more recent studies is quoted by Global News in saying; “Cured meats are rich in nitrites which may lead to any kind of oxidative stress related lung damage and asthma In this study, as well as previous studies, obesity may be linked to systemic inflammation that can worsen asthma as well as other obesity related conditions such a sleep apnea.”

If you have never previously noticed symptoms of asthma, but are now experiencing shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, seek medical attention as soon as possible. These could be signs of another ailment, completely unrelated to asthma. If it is asthma, your doctor can prescribe you with medications which will ease symptoms in the moment, and possible other treatments if symptoms become severe and chronic.

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