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The contribution of obesity to breathlessness

The contribution of obesity to breathlessness

November 2022

Obesity is related to breathlessness symptoms. However, the contribution of obesity to breathless-ness has not been clearly documented.

Our study found that one-quarter of breathlessness symptoms in Australian adults was attributable to obesity. This remained the case after adjusting for common medical conditions known to be associated with breathlessness.

Contribution of obesity to breathlessness in a large nationally representative sample of Australian adults, Guo YL, Ampon MR, Poulos LM, Davis SR, Toelle BG, Marks GB and Reddel HK, Respirology. 2022.

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