Asthma may be worsened with cured meat

Asthma may be worsened with cured meatCured meat may aggravate asthma, according to research findings. The researchers found that regular consumption of cured meats may aggravate asthma. The researchers looked at nearly 1,000 people with respiratory disease and found that the more cured meat one consumed the higher the risk of worsening asthma symptoms – 76 percent higher, to be precise.

As cured meats often contain chemicals like nitrites to keep them from spoiling, consumption of these products is associated with the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, COPD, and other chronic illnesses. On top of that, cured meats have recently been deemed to be carcinogenic, meaning there is a risk of developing cancer.
Lead researcher Dr. Zhen Li explained, “But there remains a gap regarding the spread of knowledge about the harms of processed meat from the research community to the public.”


Still, the study doesn’t prove causality but merely points to an association. It is unclear which components in cured meats worsen asthma symptoms, so further research is needed.

Although the scientists don’t necessarily suggest that limiting or avoiding cured meats will improve asthma, it may be a viable measure to take if you find that your symptoms are worsening and you regularly eat cured meats.

The findings were published in Thorax.

Author Bio

Mohan Garikiparithi got his degree in medicine from Osmania University (University of Health Sciences). He practiced clinical medicine for over a decade before he shifted his focus to the field of health communications. During his active practice he served as the head of the Dept. of Microbiology in a diagnostic centre in India. On a three-year communications program in Germany, Mohan developed a keen interest in German Medicine (Homoeopathy), and other alternative systems of medicine. He now advocates treating different medical conditions without the use of traditional drugs. An ardent squash player, Mohan believes in the importance of fitness and wellness.


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