Asthma and Diet

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14/09/2012 at 15:04

Hi Runners!

There is increasing evidence that the management of exercise induced asthma could be improved through the diet.

I am a PhD student and am currently investigating the use of novel dietary manipulation on exercise induced asthma. I am looking for volunteers with exercise induced asthma, or suspected exercise induced asthma to take part in some novel research that is being conducted at Nottingham Trent University.

Who can take part? – Physically active men (training 3-4 hours a week) aged 18-45, who get wheezy and tight chested during exercise or on the cessation of exercise and/or have asthma.

What will you get out of it? – The study will involve an initial assessment to establish the level of your exercise induced asthma (it is commonly misdiagnosed!), provide free fitness testing, and potentially reduce your asthma symptoms. You will be required to attend the lab pre and post the dietary interventions so that assessments on your lung function and exercise induced asthma can be made.

No prior medical diagnosis of asthma is required to volunteer for the study. If the tests reveal that you have previously undiagnosed exercise induced asthma that deserves medical attention you will be provided with a report of your tests and we will write to notify your GP.

Next Step - If you would like more information please contact

Mr Neil Williams: neil.williams2010@my.ntu.ac.uk, 0115 8483820 or

Dr Michael Johnsons: michael.johnson@ntu.ac.uk

This study has been approved by Nottingham Trent University’s Ethics Committee

 Many Thanks,

Neil Williams

Sport, Health and Performance Enhancement (SHAPE) Research Group

School of Science and Technology, Clifton

Nottingham Trent University

LIVERBIRD    pirate
14/09/2012 at 18:12

Because women don't run? Or have asthma?

And you don't need an asthma diagnosis to take part?

*wanders off, confused*

14/09/2012 at 18:15
Erm, well when my dad was diagnosed in the 50's he was given a clear list of foods that were likely to trigger his asthma.
Nuts and dairy. Or has that advice changed and someone forgot to tell ny dad's asthma...
14/09/2012 at 20:44

Mine almost disappeared when I gave up processed foods

LIVERBIRD    pirate
14/09/2012 at 21:08

Guess what I'm allergic to?

Nuts and dairy.

But my asthma is imaginary. I'm a girl

14/09/2012 at 21:09
Oh, and all the very active guys I know who are over 50 clearly have imaginary asthma too, LB
LIVERBIRD    pirate
14/09/2012 at 21:18

This is true.

Hypochondriacs

LIVERBIRD    pirate
14/09/2012 at 21:19

All sorts of thing trigger my apparently imagined asthma.

The weirdest of which is LAUGHING!

If I get really giddy and laugh like a drain, I'll suffer for hours! What's THAT all about?

17/09/2012 at 16:05

Yes unfortunately in the early stages of research we need to keep everything under very tight control so males only. Unfortunately female hormones and the menstrual cycle can alter lung function and have an impact on measures of asthma. Therefore, this could effect results when investigating intervention studies. Also we only have human ethical clearance to investigate on males aged between 18-45 this is quite common in exercise physiology research.

Essentially we are investigating dietary supplementation, the mechanisms of which will be effective in both males and females.

Diet can play a big part in some asthmatics, many asthmatics are atopic so suffer from a number of alergies so if you find what your personal triggers are then this can really help.

17/09/2012 at 16:40
by 'eck, it's hilly wrote (see)
Erm, well when my dad was diagnosed in the 50's he was given a clear list of foods that were likely to trigger his asthma.
Nuts and dairy. Or has that advice changed and someone forgot to tell ny dad's asthma...

No advice not changed as such, as above some forms of asthma can be classified as atopic where symptoms are precipitated by certain allergens in your dads case these may be certain foods.

We are looking at dietary supplementation rather than allergies as such. We are investigating exercise induced asthma and if dietary interventions (specifically anti-inflammatory foods) can improve symptoms and lung function post exercise in susceptible indivduals so aiding in the management of the condition.

18/09/2012 at 17:14

As a 47 yo asthmatic this sounds interesting; any chance of the results being published anywhere?

LIVERBIRD    pirate
18/09/2012 at 19:32

I had no idea menstrual function affects asthma.

20/09/2012 at 16:44
LIVERBIRD wrote (see)

I had no idea menstrual function affects asthma.

The phases of the menstrual cycle are thought to influence the course of asthma in women, and also lung function. So this can be tricky to factor in when researching asthma interventions.

LIVERBIRD wrote (see)

I had no idea menstrual function affects asthma.

 

SideBurn wrote (see)

As a 47 yo asthmatic this sounds interesting; any chance of the results being published anywhere?

Sideburn, yes once the research is completed we will hope to get it published in a peer reviewed journal. FYI some similar research is already out there http://ajrccm.atsjournals.org/content/168/10/1181.full.pdf. Hope that is of interest to you.

21/09/2012 at 07:29

Thanks Neil!


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