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Asthma

20 September 2010

Asthma risk: no exercise, bad diet

A poor diet and lack of exercise can cause an imbalance in metabolism that may increase a child's risk of developing asthma, a new study suggests.

A poor diet and lack of exercise can cause an imbalance in metabolism that may increase a child's risk of developing asthma, a new study suggests.

The research team focused on a set of markers for early metabolic problems, including triglyceride (a type of blood fat) levels and evidence of acanthosis nigricans, raised patches of tan to brown skin that are often biomarkers for insulin resistance and excess levels of insulin in the blood.

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Professor Keertan Dheda has received of several prestigious awards including the 2014 Oppenheimer Award, and has published over 160 peer-reviewed papers and holds 3 patents related to new TB diagnostic or infection control technologies. He serves on the editorial board of the journals PLoS One, the International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Medicine, Lancet Respiratory Diseases and Nature Scientific Reports, amongst others.Read his full biography at the University of Cape Town Lung Institute

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