Weight gain in adulthood tied to poor lung function

The good news is that the deficit can be reversed even late in life, researchers say

Gaining weight during adulthood is associated with worsening lung function but losing weight can reverse the effect, a longitudinal study suggests.

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International researchers used data on lung function, weight and BMI change over two decades for 3670 participants in the European Community Respiratory Health Survey, which includes Australian, as well as European, patients. 

Regardless of whether they were of normal weight, overweight or obese at baseline (when mean age was 34), participants who gained weight over

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