'Fatty airways' may play a role in asthma

Australian researchers say it could explain why the condition worsens with higher BMI

Australian researchers say their discovery that fatty tissue accumulates in the lungs provides a fresh clue to the link between asthma and having obesity.

older man with asthma

They say their study shows for the first time that adipose tissue accumulates in the walls of the airways, and that the amount increases in line with increasing body mass index (BMI).

“These data show that adipose tissue is present within the airway wall, and is related to BMI, wall thickness and the number of inflammatory cells,” the WA authors wrote in the European Respiratory