Exercising regularly and healthy eating contribute to keeping asthma at bay.
New Australian asthma management guidelines released earlier this month urge doctors to advise patients that maintaining a healthy lifestyle is important, as is using the right medications for managing asthma.
The updated Australian Asthma Handbook developed by the National Asthma Council Australia was launched by The Hon. Peter Dutton MP, Minister for Health and Minister for Sport. It was developed by a multidisciplinary team of nearly 100 medical experts and contains the most rigourous up-to-date evidence presented in a practical and easy-to-navigate online format.
Australia has one of the highest rates of asthma in the world, with over 2.2 million Australians living with the condition, around 1 in 10 adults and children.
Professor Amanda Barnard, Chair of the National Asthma Council Australia Guidelines Committee, and Associate Dean (Rural Clinical School) at the ANU Medical School said:
"As asthma is one of the most common health conditions in Australia, it is essential that patients benefit from the latest evidence on diagnosing and managing asthma.
Since the release of the last guidelines in 2006, the science of asthma management has advanced substantially. This Handbook will help doctors, nurses and pharmacists provide patients with the most accurate information, including advice on the crucial but often understated impact of healthy lifestyle choices on asthma"
New research has found that asthma does not prevent people from being physically active and that all forms of exercise, not just limited to swimming, are beneficial for asthma outcomes. Moreover, for people who are overweight, losing as little as 5-10kg can significantly improve their asthma.