Do You Really Have Asthma? Maybe Not...

Dear Living Well Daily Reader,

Having asthma is no picnic.

There’s a good chance you spend your days toting around some heavy-duty drugs – like steroid inhalers – that have been linked to everything from thinning bones to cataracts.

And you’re told that you’re going to be on these meds for the rest of your life.

But what if you’re taking these drugs for absolutely no reason?

What if you really don’t have asthma at all?

As it turns out, this could be the case for a third of adults diagnosed with it.

Fortunately, there’s one test that can keep you from getting saddled with a bad diagnosis and drugs you don’t need.

Canadian researchers recently found that a whopping 33 percent of adults who were diagnosed with asthma didn‘t actually suffer from it.

That’s practically criminal!

Just think of the millions of people who’ve curtailed their lifestyles… or suffered from serious drug side effects… all because they were diagnosed with a disease they don’t have!

Scientists made this discovery by performing lung function tests on 613 adults who had an asthma diagnosis in the last five years.

Next, the researcher weaned the participants off their asthma meds to see how their lungs functioned without the drugs.

And the researchers were shocked by the results… 33 percent of the participants did not have asthma at all!

And 90 percent of these patients successfully stopped taking their asthma meds and stayed off them for a year.

The researchers say they aren’t sure why so many folks are being misdiagnosed. But let’s face it — mainstream medicine likes to hand out drugs first and ask questions later.

In fact, the research shows that the participants’ doctors never ordered the proper tests to confirm the asthma diagnosis.

Think about that for a second — that’s like the doctor telling you have diabetes without checking your blood sugar. Outrageous!

Even worse, some of the participants were actually suffering from more dangerous conditions like heart disease and high blood pressure but weren’t receiving proper treatment because of the misdiagnosis.

If you’ve been diagnosed with asthma and aren’t sure if you had proper testing, ask your doctor.

Spirometry tests are the most common and reliable type of asthma test. In fact, experts say these tests “definitely diagnose asthma.”

You’ll want to be sure you’ve had one of those before you fill any asthma scripts.

Live well,

Natalie Moore
Managing editor, Living Well Daily

Ed. Note: Please send your feedback: feedback@livingwelldaily.com – and click here to like us on Facebook.


Sources

[1] Inhaled Corticosteroids for Long-Term Control of Asthma

[2] Study finds 33 percent of adults recently diagnosed with asthma do not have it

Natalie Moore

Written By Natalie Moore

Natalie Moore is a dedicated health researcher with a passion for finding healthy, natural, and science-based solutions. After a decade of direct healthcare experience in western and natural medicine, she was involved in public health research before joining Living Well Daily.

View More Free Articles

Missing Out on These SURPRISING Pumpkin Benefits?

It’s pumpkin season. This humble squash is virtually ignored from December through to the following September. But when fall rolls around it takes center stage again. For most of us, pumpkins show up as festive décor and baked into delicious pies in October and November. But there are plenty of reasons you ought to start...

Read This

Grow a BIGGER Brain with One Simple Move

Okay, I’ll admit I may have been accused of being a fathead a few times in my life. But I’ve got a secret. It doesn’t bother me one little bit. In fact, I take it as a compliment. After all, having a bigger brain is a GOOD thing, especially as we age. And now scientists...

Read This

Overlooked fatty acid SLASHES deaths and hospitalizations

I’ve sung the praises of omega-3 fatty acids many times here in Living Well Daily. I’ve encouraged you to be sure you’re getting enough of the omega-3s eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) by eating plenty of cold-water fatty fish and taking supplements when needed. And there’s a good reason for that. EPA and...

Read This

How Much Sleep DO You Need A Night? [STUDY]

I’m sure you know that getting enough sleep is good for you. But what does that mean, exactly? It’s always been hard to get a straight answer. Until now, that is. Thanks to new research we have an answer to that question. The newly published 25-year study compares the sleep habits of over 7,000 men...

Read This

MAILBAG: Is the Flu Shot RIGHT for YOU?

Dear Living Well Daily Reader, “Along with COVID, I’m worried about getting the flu this year. What do you recommend for avoiding the flu? The flu shot?” – Mike from Park City, UT Hi Mike, I’ll be honest. The flu vaccine COULD have a better long-term track record. According to the Centers for Disease Control...

Read This

Dangerous Vitamin Deficiency Sends Folks to An Early GRAVE

If you’ve been a loyal reader for a while now you’re probably already taking steps to ensure your health is in tip-top shape. You do your best to eat well… You stay hydrated… You, hopefully, get in some regular exercise… And maybe you even take a multivitamin… While I would certainly give you an A...

Read This

EASY 2-Minute Trick Fights Aging from Head to Toe

Healthy aging boils down to one surprising thing: your muscles. I know that may sound strange at first. But hear me out. Maintaining strong and healthy muscles is the first step to keeping a healthy body and sharp mind well into your golden years. After all, sturdy muscles are required to fight off frailty and...

Read This

Don’t Let Sickening BACTERIA Bungle Your Holiday Plans!

They say cleanliness is next to godliness. Now, I don’t know about that. But, I DO know that when it comes to your kitchen, cleanliness is absolutely VITAL. The trouble is, even the cleanest of kitchens can harbor some sickening hidden secrets. And new research just revealed one of the most surprising culprits. Trust me,...

Read This

Cold, flu, or COVID? EASY ways to spot the difference

Does developing a sniffle, sneeze, or cough practically cause you to panic these days? If so, you’re not alone. Many of us feel the same way. Gone are the “good old days” when you only had to worry if you were coming down with a cold or the flu. And, let’s be honest, we didn’t...

Read This

3 -Minute Countdown Method DEFEATS Diabetes

Dear Living Well Daily Reader, Make a cup of tea. Read a couple of pages in a book. Watch a silly cat video. There are a bunch of things you can do in three minutes. And now scientists say defeating diabetes could be one of them. If you’re struggling with blood sugar control, your doctor...

Read This