If your asthma acts up in the mountains, don’t eat high fat meals

Posted By: The Ski Channel on May 17, 2010 8:10 am

Being in our business, we’re constantly surrounded by people who can’t get enough of the mountains. In the winter all of our friends are skiing everyday, in the summer, we’re all hiking, biking and jogging through them. While nothing in life makes us happier than enjoying these activities, there is one thing that can always make it just a little less fun…asthma. Do you know anyone who has it?

A lot of our friends with asthma say their symptoms increase when up in the mountains, in higher altitudes. Thinner air, that makes sense. However, a new study  that doesn’t employ as much common sense has just come out that all your friends with asthma should hear about.

If your symptoms are acting up, be sure to avoid high-fat meals. That’s right. The study shows a correlation between eating a high-fat meal and inflaming your airway. Dr. Lisa Wood of the University of Newcastle said that high-fat Western diets may be a part of the reason asthma is on the rise. These meals are also shown to decrease the effects of the asthma drug, albuterol.

The study was based on 40 people who were randomly given either a high-fat, high-calorie food challenge or a low-fat meal. Their blood and sputum were then checked.

“This is the first study to show that a high-fat meal increases airway inflammation, so this is a very important finding,” said Wood. “The observation that a high-fat meal changes the asthmatic response to albuterol was unexpected as we hadn’t considered the possibility that this would occur.”

So, if you’re up in the mountains and your asthma is acting up, be sure to avoid that burger and pick up some veggies instead. Your asthma (and your heart) will thank you.