Meat diet link to asthma in children
CHILDREN who eat more meat may have an increased risk of asthma attacks, according to research from Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, in the US.
When it is cooked, meat contains high levels of inflammatory compounds called advanced glycation end-products (AGEs), which are thought to make airways inflame and narrow, triggering wheezing.
The scientists examined data from more than 4,000 children and found that those who ate more meat had increased wheezing. Their symptoms were also more likely to be severe enough to disrupt sleep and exercise.
Previous studies have suggested that AGEs do play a role in triggering asthma.
Writing in the journal Thorax, the scientists suggested dietary changes may help reduce the asthma symptoms, although this needs further investigation.
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