A new study found that cured meats may potentially have an effect on asthma as it might determine an aggravation of the health problem.
Asthma is a somewhat common inflammatory disease. It has a long-term duration and targets the lung airways. Its symptoms are varied and recurrent. They include bronchospasms and reversible airflow obstructions.
Asthma symptoms include various episodes. They could be linked to a shortness of breath. Chest tightness, coughing, and wheezing are also quite common.
An exact cause of the disease has yet to be discovered. Genetics, as well as environmental factors, are believed to be its main influencing factors. The disease is treatable but unpleasant. Unproperly treated, asthma, especially attacks, may lead to more serious issues.
A recent study may have also found an asthma-aggravating factor. According to the research, cured meats may play an important role.
Research on the matter was carried out by a team of French researchers. They were led by Dr. Zhen Li. Li is part of the Villejuif Inserm Paul Brousse Hospital in France.
Their study was released online earlier this week. It was published on December 20 in The Thorax journal.
According to the WHO, asthma is a global problem. WHO or the World Health Organization estimates that there are about 235 million global sufferers. Its most common triggers are found everywhere.
Indoor allergens include pet dander and dust mites. They could now potentially include cured meats. This is a class of meat preserved and flavored by a specific mix.
Such a mix includes salt, nitrites, and nitrates. Salami and ham are amongst the most regularly eaten such meats.
The French researchers analyzed the habits of 1,000 asthma patients. 76 percent of them presented signs of worse symptoms.
Their disease symptoms could potentially get worse over time. All these patients were seen to be eating cured meats on a regular basis.
One reason behind the disease worsening could be their componence. The nitrites, found in high doses, are still chemicals.
Cured meats have already been linked to a number of problems. Most are chronic diseases. They include heart problems, cancer, and type 2 diabetes. WHO also went to change their classification.
Its official reports now place cured meats as cancer-causing or carcinogens.
The study lead, Li, went to offer some details. According to the doctor, the study’s purpose is to advise precaution.
A clear link between cured meats and asthma has not been made. However, an association between the worsening symptoms of the disease and the meats does exist.
The study advises caution when eating such cautions. Li also points out that the cured meats health risk are little known.
Public health strategies should be addressing the issue. More data should be offered on the matter. This could potentially help reduce specific meats consumption rates. These include both the processed and cured goods.
The research can offer no firm conclusion on the matter. However, data does exist to maintain the theory and the link.
A French survey had previously gathered data on 2,000 asthma sufferers. The patients’ close relatives were also included. The survey was carried out over a 20 years time span.
Li’s team targeted 971 of the involved sufferers. These offered a complete weight and dietary score. They also presented their asthma symptom scores.
Responses were gathered during two-time spans. 2003 to 2007 and 2011 to 2013. In the second period, the patient symptoms were seen to have worsened.
Those that ate regular and higher cured meats amounts made up the higher percentage amongst them.
Still, the study did admit its shortcoming. Dietary habits and asthma symptoms were recalled from memory. As such, they may not be fully accurate. Other chronic lung problems and smoking may have also influenced results.
Still, there are physicians that are already recommending a decrease in processed and cured meats consumption.
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