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Belly Fat Puts the Pressure on Lungs
Date:3/6/2009

ular, Leone said.

The study was published in the second issue for March of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

More research is needed to help explain why abdominal fat affects lung function, agreed Dr. Paul Enright, of the University of Arizona, who wrote an accompanying editorial. But this study's findings have immediate clinical implications, he added.

"I believe there is now enough evidence to recommend that waist circumference always be measured before spirometry [lung function] tests. Abdominal obesity could then be highlighted on the printed report so that the physician interpreting the report could take the effect of obesity into account," Enright wrote.

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The U.S. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases has more about obesity-related health risks.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: American Thoracic Society, news release, March 6, 2009


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