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.
Managing editor, Living Well Daily
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.
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