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​The Obese-Asthma Phenotype​​​​

Obesity and Aesthma

Obesity – a well-recognized risk factor for diabetes, coronary artery disease, as well a few cancers – is also an important risk factor for asthma. It can present itself as a distinct asthma phenotype. Obese-asthmatics are likely to present with additional morbidity costs in terms of increased health care utilization, significant loss of working days and an overall poorer quality of life. This article discusses this phenotype, and explains the pathophysiological mechanism and impact of this on  morbidity, disability and health care utilization in obese-asthmatic individuals.

Reprinted with permission of ON THE RISK, Journal of the Academy of Life Underwriting (
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The Author

  • Rahul Nawander

    AVP, Underwriting Research
    and Manual Development

    RGA International Reinsurance
    Company dac


Obesity (body mass index > 30), already a known risk factor for hypertension, Type 2 diabetes, atherosclerosis and some forms of cancer, now presents with significant evidence as a major risk factor for asthma.
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