How to Avoid Asthma
Asthma is a respiratory condition that can significantly affect one’s quality of life. Living with asthma, one likely already knows their triggers, but there might be some you weren’t aware of. If you’re newly diagnosed and wish to keep attacks at a minimum, consider these six risk factors that can help you to avoid asthma.
A person with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher is considered obese, and in a recent study, obesity can lead to asthma. Further studies even suggested the risk of asthma increased by 55% for every extra unit of BMI.
Stress can affect your health, and in the case of pregnant mothers, and even that of the unborn child. A recent study suggests that high-stress events could be linked to a higher risk of childhood asthma. Not only were the mothers studied, but the children were also evaluated at ages 6 and 14. The children, at 14, were twice as likely to have asthma if their mothers had been through a single stressful life event.
3. Household Chemicals
Endocrine-disrupting phthalates in household chemicals, which are often used as stabilising agents, could also increase the risk for childhood asthma. Scientists studying the phthalate levels of pregnant women noted that the children of women with higher phthalate levels were almost three times more likely to be diagnosed with asthma.
4. Air Pollution
Studies analysing air pollution have suggested that the air quality has significantly improved since the mid-1990’s and as such, fewer asthma deaths have been reported, with numbers dropping almost by half. That said, asthma cases in cities with higher levels of pollution remain on the rise.
A recent study has suggested that children born to fathers who began smoking at an early age had three times higher risk for asthma, and a child with asthma has a doubled risk of attacks or symptoms if either parent smokes in the home.
Limit the exposure of children to allergens in the first year as this is critical while a child is building up his or her immunity. In a study of 560 children at high-risk for asthma, only 17 per cent of those exposed to three household allergens during the first year had recurrent wheezing, suggesting timing can be crucial. It is important to note that using organic, non-toxic household cleaners will undoubtedly make a difference in your life.