Women and men who undergo bariatric surgery breathe easier and take fewer medications, says new research published in Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.
Researchers studied records of 320 patients for an entire year, before and after bariatric weight loss surgery. They found that patients reduced their breathing medications by 50 percent 1 year after surgery.
Improvements and even resolution of breathing disorders like sleep apnea have been documented in bariatric surgery patients. However, the relation between weight loss and asthma has not been studied as extensively. According to Dr. Andrew Weinstein of the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, “The results of this study bring us closer to determining if weight loss can improve asthma long-term.”