Overweight and obesity are associated with decreased magnesium intake in people with asthma
Alexandra G. Kazaks, UC Davis
Judith S. Stern, UC Davis
California Agriculture 61(3):119-123.
Asthma is a serious health problem that is more prevalent among low-income persons. The risk of asthma and the severity of its symptoms may be increased by the low dietary intake of magnesium and other nutrients that protect against asthma, coupled with the high energy intakes that result in overweight and obesity. This study compared people with asthma to healthy controls, and showed that total body magnesium stores decreased with increasing weight, as measured by body mass index (BMI). Replacing low-magnesium foods with high-magnesium foods may be a practical, low-cost way to help reduce the risk of obesity and low magnesium status in people with asthma, especially in at-risk, low-income groups.
A.G. Kazaks is Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Nutrition, UC Davis; J.S. Stern is Distinguished Professor, Department of Nutrition and Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, Clinical Nutrition and Vascular Biology, UC Davis.
We wish to thank Amy Block Joy, Food Stamp Nutrition Education (FSNE) program director associated with the UC Davis Department of Nutrition, for her insights into the applications and relevance of our data for low-income populations. This study was funded in part by NIH AT00652, T32 DK 07355 and the FSNE program of California, USDA Food and Nutrition Service.