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High Fat Diets Linked To Asthma in Children

Posted Sep 20 2010 12:00am

Hiet Fat Diet and Asthma in Children
San Francisco Chiropractor Comments:

It is said...We are what we eat...literally. The food we eat today becomes living, thinking, breathing, flesh and blood by tomorrow. And the food a pregnant woman eats, becomes the building blocks of her fetus.

Recent research at the Dept. of Pediatrics at the University of West Virginia showed that early abnormalities in lipid and glucose metabolism may be responsible for the development of asthma in children.

The study goes even further and links maternal diets with high fat (high calorie) intake to inflammation of the airwaves in early life. Here is an excerpt from the article entitled Imbalanced Diet and Inadequate Exercise May Underlie Asthma in Children :

Furthermore, Dr. Piedimonte noted that animal studies recently presented by his group suggest a link between maternal diets high in fat and calories, the subsequent triglyceride levels of offspring, and the development of airway hyperreactivity in early life, hinting at a potential role of maternal diet in the prevalence of asthma in their offspring.

"The primary implication of the present study is that early metabolic abnormalities induced by imbalanced diet during pregnancy and childhood constitute the central hub from which the asthma-obesity-diabetes triad originates, at least in a subpopulation of patients," said Dr. Piedimonte. "This opens a Pandora's box of questions concerning the role of pre- and early post-natal nutrition as a critical determinant of chronic diseases throughout life. The ultimate goal is to elucidate the chronologic sequence of early-life events and the specific molecular mechanisms linking hypertriglyceridemia, insulin resistance, and the inflammation seen in obesity and asthma, which may open a new chapter in the management of these medical conditions that are among the most prevalent today."

The study also linked dietary imbalances as well as lack of physical activity to obesity and diabetes. It was also noted that inflammatory airwaves associated with asthma were found in children with normal body weight, but who also had abnormally high triglyceride levels associated with high fat diet. 

My Take: I have known this for a while now...because I myself once suffered with asthma as a child and teenager. As a young adult I figured out that by eating a diet rich in plant foods and avoiding dairy products and reducing animal protein, I could minimize the asthma symptoms. I also found out later in life that chiropractic adjustments can help manage asthma by helping normalize nerve function.

It is also obvious that what pregnant mothers eat and what we feed our children appears to be a primary factor in determining immune and metabolic function. Poor nutrition can initiate disease processes that can effect a child for their entire lifetime and predispose them to disorders such as asthma, obesity, and diabetes. Is all that cake and ice cream really worth it?

Dr. Eben Davis is clinic director of Executive Express Chiropractic in downtown San Francisco.

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