Cardiorespiratory fitness, adiposity and incident asthma in adults
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AuthorOrtega Porcel, Francisco B.; Lee, Duck-Chul; Sui, Xuemei; Ruiz, Jonatan R.; Cheng, Y. J.; Church, T. J.; Miller, C. C.; Blair, Steven N.
Aerobic capacityObesityFatnessAirways diseasesPulmonary function
Ortega, F.B; et al. Cardiorespiratory fitness, adiposity and incident asthma in adults. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, 125(1): 271-273 (2010). [http://hdl.handle.net/10481/28998]
Available large-scale prospective studies on adiposity and asthma used body mass index as an indicator of adiposity. Studies involving more accurate measures of adiposity, such as body fat percentage (BF%), are needed to confirm or contrast body mass index - related results. Cardiorepiratory fitness is a strong predictor of morbidity and mortality, and the available literature suggests that moderate-high cardiorespiratory fitness reduces many of the health hazards associated with obesity. The present study aimed: 1) to examine whether cardiorespiratory fitness and/or BF% are associated with subsequent acquisition of asthma in adults; and 2) to test the hypothesis that a high cardiorespiratory fitness level can reduce the risk of incident asthma in individuals with excess adiposity.