Asthma is a condition in which a person's airways narrow and swell, producing extra mucus.

What is asthma?

Asthma is a condition in which a person’s airways narrow and swell, producing extra mucus. This can make breathing difficult and trigger shortness of breath, wheezing and coughing. From some, asthma is only a minor issue, while others find it to be more of a nuisance. Asthma can interfere with every day activities and lead to life-threatening attacks. There is no cure for asthma, but it can be controlled. This condition can change over time, and it is important for you and your doctor to track your signs and symptoms as treatments are adjusted. The symptoms of asthma include chest tightness, shortness of breath, problems sleeping due to breathing, wheezing or coughing and coughing attacks.

Asthma and obesity

The exact cause of asthma is unclear, but it may be due to a combination of genetic and environmental factors. There are many things that can increase the risk of asthmatic symptoms, and being overweight or obese are two factors. Obesity is defined as having a body mass index (BMI) or 30 or higher. With obesity, the lungs are under-expanded and people take shorter breaths, making the airways more narrow and more prone to irritation. Airway swelling and irritation help to trigger asthmatic attacks. This condition is a chronic inflammatory disease and because obese patients have this inflammation, they are more likely to be asthmatic. Obesity can also worsen the symptoms and make them more difficult to manage.

Schedule medical weight loss treatments in Kitsap County, Washington

In order to help obese patients who have difficulty breathing, we provide medical weight loss advice and solutions.* In order to get a weight loss plan that is specific to you and focuses on your overall and long-term health, schedule an appointment at our clinic in Poulsbo, Washington. We serve Kitsap County and the surrounding areas. To get started, schedule online or call us at (360) 626-1166.

*Individual results may vary; not a guarantee.

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I highly recommend a visit to Kitsap Medical Weight Loss for help with achieving and maintaining a healthy weight! I am truly impressed with this clinic’s wonderful, caring team, and am so thankful that Kitsap County now has a board certified Bariatric doctor! Dr. Stehouwer is the one to see whether you are a little or a lot overweight. She educates, supports and provides the tools with a diet that can easily be followed with, of course, some patient dedication! It is now my diet for life after losing 10 lbs in the first month, 45 total after appx 7 months. The entire staff is equally excited about each patient’s success, they truly care and as well they “practice what they preach” … the entire team follows the same diet. Dr. Stehouwer cares about you at a personal level. I always appreciate how she takes time to talk with me about how I am feeling and that she cares about me as a whole, not just a person on a diet. She has the knowledge and skill pertaining to weight loss that the Family Practice doctor doesn’t have, and the plan works. Thank you Dr. Stehouwer and Staff, you are great!*

*Individual results may vary; not a guarantee.


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