THE ASSOCIATION BETWEEN OBESITY AND CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE PULMONARY DISEASE (COPD) Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a preventable and treatable disease, with major respiratory and systemic expressions. Obesity is defined as a BMI> 30 kg/m2 and its prevalence has doubled in recent decades. The possible relationship of obesity to COPD, and its influence on respiratory pathophysiology, is considered a mystery. Studies show obesity to be a survival advantage among COPD patients, unlike in the general population, in which obesity correlates to decreased life expectancy. This study aims to assess the differences between obese and non-obese COPD patients. The main clinical aspect assessed is the number of COPDexacerbation related hospital admissions. We conducted a retrospective cohort study of 323 COPD patients (95 obese, 228 non-obese), who had been followed from 2003-2010 by the Pulmonology Institute at the Soroka Medical Center. We …

publication date

  • September 1, 2016