Obesity can minimize response to medicationsAccording to a study by National Jewish Health researchers, being obese or overweight does not worsen asthma in patients with mild or moderate disease forms but it can minimize the response to medications.

Lead author E. Rand Sutherland, Associate Professor of Medicine at National Jewish Health, and lead author of the paper appearing in the June 2009 issue of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, said that there is a possible link between asthma and obesity.

This study suggests that people with asthma must make efforts for ensuring that body weight stays normal as excess of body weight may mean a less responsive body to steroid medications.