Difficulty in breathing with tightening of the chest are the major symptoms of asthma. Meanwhile, one of the worst part about asthma is that there is no permanent cure. The only way out is to prevent the symptoms.
But for those ailing with asthma or those having asthma patients in their family here is some good news. According to a study conducted in Denmark, it was found that exercise and a healthy diet helps to reduce the symptoms of asthma.
For the study, 125 asthma patients were tested for lifestyle changes for eight weeks. Researchers found that a healthy low-glycaemic index (GI) diet rich in protein, fruit and vegetables, and being active three times a week helped people lower the symptoms by about 50% in two months.
The researchers compared the progress of asthma patients who were randomly assigned specific lifestyle-changing regimes with those leading a normal life for a period of eight weeks.
At the end of the study those who took exercise classes three times a week and ate a healthy low-glycaemic index (GI) diet rich in protein, fruit and vegetables rated their asthma symptoms score 50% lower than patients in the non-intervention control group.
Participants who only altered their exercise level or diet, but not both, reported a 30% improvement in symptoms.
"Our study suggests that non-obese asthma patients can safely take part in well-planned, high-intensity exercise. Further, exercise combined with a healthy diet can actually help patients control their asthma symptoms and enjoy a better quality of life" said study author Dr Louise Toennesen, from Bispebjerg University Hospital in Copenhagen.
Meanwhile, the study further pointed that people with asthma should be encouraged to eat a healthy diet and to take part in physical activity.
The findings of the study was recently presented at the European Respiratory Society International Congress in Milan.