Influence of Anthropometric Measurements in Lung Function in Patients With Asthma

Beitollah Alipour, Seyyedeh Zahra Hosseini, Akbar Sharifi, Khalil Ansarin


Background: Obesity is commonly regarded as a risk factor for asthma development, poor asthma control, and poor response to asthma therapy.
Methods: In a cross‑sectional study, 85 asthmatics (37 male and 48 female) participated. Pulmonary function tests (PFTs) and anthropometric parameters were measured for each patient.
Results: Mean age and median duration were 43.9 ± 10.61 and 6 (3–14) years, respectively. Among anthropometric parameters, only waist‑to‑hip ratio (WHR) indicated significant correlation with PFTs in both sex (P < 0.05). There were negative associations between waist circumference, hip circumference and WHR with PFTs only in overweight and obese women (P < 0.05).
Conclusions: Some anthropometric parameters affected lung function, and it seems that gender differentially contributes to this effect.
Keywords: Asthma, body mass index, obesity

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