Also, although our diet survey targeted eating habits only during the past year, it did give us some idea of the teens general past diet. However, their current respiratory health may be a reflection of diet during childhood, as well as during the past year.
The majority of adolescents in the study were white, one third was overweight, and 72% did not consume multivitamins. Also, nearly 25% reported smoking on a daily basis. Researchers also found that at least one third of the students diets were below the recommended levels of fruit, vegetable, vitamins A and E, beta-carotene, and omega-3 fatty acid intake.
Vitamin supplements can help teens meet their daily recommended levels, said Dr. Burns, and surprisingly, even relatively low levels of omega-3 fatty acids appeared to protect teens from higher reported respiratory symptoms.
Results showed that low dietary intakes of fruit, vitamins C and E, and omega-3 fatty acids were associated with decreased lung function and a greater risk of chronic bronchitic symptoms, wheeze, and asthma. These risks were further increased among students with the lowest intakes and who also smoked.
I wish we could say that an apple a day can keep asthma away, but its a complex disease with a genetic component. However, it may be that certain foods can lessen or prevent asthma symptoms, said Dr. Burns. The most important thing to remember is that diet can have a significant impact on teens respiratory health.
I would encourage them to make healthy eating a part of their daily routine, and stress to them that smoking is bad. Researchers emphasized that fresh fruits make for convenient snacks. They also suggest preparing a simple, daily family meal, as a method to promote both communication and good nutrition.
A balanced diet is not only good for lung health, but for general health, said Mark J. Rosen, MD, FCCP, President of the AmericPage: 1 2 3 Related medicine news :1
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