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Living an Active Life with Asthma
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå Institute of Design.
2012 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

In 2019 a striking 400 million people worldwide will be living with asthma. Environment, genetics and lifestyle are all factors that are assumed to cause this chronic disease. The current treatment of asthma is focused on medication, and wellness through exercise is not promoted. The benefits of an active lifestyle for asthmatics are many and include a reduced medication dose, increased tolerance to triggers and less asthma symptoms. Regular exercise can therefore dramatically decrease the effects of asthma and the mental and physical limitations that may follow. However, many asthmatics experience difficulties maintaining an active lifestyle due to the fear of having an exercise-induced asthma attack. There is also reluctance to the necessary intake of the high dosage of preventive medication.

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Asthma, genetics, treatment of asthma, exercise, active lifestyle, asthma attack
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Design Respiratory Medicine and Allergy
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-58144OAI: diva2:548237
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Degree Project, Advanced Product Design
Educational program
Master's Programme in Advanced Product Design
Available from: 2012-08-30 Created: 2012-08-27 Last updated: 2013-11-04Bibliographically approved

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