Sep 20, 2010 11:41 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Childhood asthma linked to poor diet, sedentary lifestyle

A new study finds children with an imbalanced metabolism are at an increased risk for asthma, even if they're not overweight.

Researchers at West Virginia University looked at almost 18,000 children and noticed that while asthma risk did increase with BMI, there were other factors. Children who had early signs of metabolic dysfunction, like abnormalities in their cholesterol or glucose levels, were more likely to have asthma, even those who were at a healthy weight.

Researchers say metabolic problems may be caused by a poor diet and lack of exercise -- and correcting these habits may help children with asthma symptoms.



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