Weight Loss Improves Asthma Control

It’s a new year, and it’s time to make your new year’s resolutions! For many, losing weight and implementing healthier habits are top resolutions. The more common benefits of healthy weight loss are well known and for many people, weight loss helps to improve their asthma. Studies show that weight loss in obese individuals with physician-diagnosed asthma is associated with a 48%–100% remission of asthma symptoms and reduced use of asthma medication (Juel 2012).

Weight loss is also recommended for those who suffer from Gastroesophageal Reflux (GERD or acid reflux) and besides heartburn, this condition can also be associated with throat clearing, hoarseness, a dry cough, the sensation of mucus in the throat and belching. There is often a close relationship between asthma and GERD and keeping both conditions under control will help you feel well.

Set reasonable goals, and keep the experience positive. Consider using an exercise app, such as 8Fit or MyFitnessPal, or a FitBit to track your progress. Have fun with weight loss and don’t try to do too much too soon, especially if you have not been exercising regularly. Start with walking or cycling. Try following an exercise video on your smart phone. Gradually increase your exercise tolerance by adding time or distance in increments (such as a minute longer or a block further each time you exercise). You may also consider taking a yoga class at a local studio to improve your breathing technique and help you to reduce stress. A healthy weight and good exercise habits improve your overall health. And the extra endorphins from regular exercise help to improve your mood, leading to a happier and healthier 2018!

Get Ready for the Upcoming Spring Pollen Season

Checklist

  • Get your medications refilled…nasal sprays, antihistamines, eye drops that you may need to combat your Spring allergy symptoms
  • Start showering at night and washing your hair before going to bed. This will help you get in the habit of rinsing pollen out of your hair and off of your body.
  • Consider getting a new hat or scarf to cover your hair from pollen.
  • Keep pollen laden clothing and shoes out of the bedroom
  • Clean the house. Declutter your living spaces. Minimizing exposure to other potential allergens such as dust, mold, and animal dander can help keep your symptoms under better control during pollen season. Remember to wear a mask when you are cleaning!

Insurance Check Up

Now is also the time to complete a thorough review of your health insurance coverage and benefits.  You will need to make informed decisions about your benefits as 2018 begins. Make certain that your plan allows you access to our clinic and that we have accurate updated information.  Your plan may require a referral.  And remember -- most insurance plans have a time limit for filing claims after which they may not cover your medical expenses.  So make sure we have your new insurance information if you have any changes taking place in 2018.  Ongoing access to the allergy and asthma care you require should be a critical factor in selecting your health plan for the New Year. If you have any questions with regard to your insurance coverage, our insurance specialists are ready to assist you in getting the full benefit out of your 2018 health plan to which you are entitled.  Give us a call today!  We’re here to help.

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