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Eating well and exercising can halve asthma

Eating well and getting fit can help people reduce the symptoms of asthma, researchers have found.

Exercising three times a week and following a healthy diet helped people halve their symptoms in just two months.

The findings offer hope of a simple way of managing the condition for the 5.4million people in Britain currently receiving treatment for asthma.

Exercising three times a week and following a healthy diet helped people halve their asthma symptoms in just two months, research has found (file picture)

Exercising three times a week and following a healthy diet helped people halve their asthma symptoms in just two months, research has found (file picture)

Researchers in Denmark tested lifestyle interventions on 125 asthma patients for eight weeks.

At the end of the study those who took exercise classes three times a week and ate a healthy low-glycaemic index diet rich in protein, fruit and vegetables rated their asthma symptoms 50 per cent lower than patients in the non-intervention control group.

Participants who only altered their exercise level or diet, but not both, reported a 30 per cent improvement in symptoms.

Study leader Dr Louise Toennesen, from Bispebjerg University Hospital in Copenhagen, said: ‘There is increasing evidence that asthma patients who are obese can benefit from a better diet and increased exercise. We wanted to see if non-obese patients with asthma could also benefit.

‘Our study suggests that non-obese asthma patients can safely take part in well-planned, high-intensity exercise.

‘It also shows that exercise combined with a healthy diet can help patients control

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