The presence of one or several diseases among asthma patients was mapped in a study carried out by researchers at Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de São Paulo (FMUSP), in partnership with the National Health and Medical Research Council Center of Excellence in Severe Asthma, of the University of Newcastle, in Australia, and other institutions. Because the research identified groups based on extrapulmonary treatable, it was considered pioneering, and published in the European Respiratory Journal on January 21st, 2021.

The purpose of the study was to understand which factors and diseases were most prevalent among adults diagnosed with asthma, and to try to measure the impacts of these comorbidities on greater or lesser severity. "Physical inactivity, higher levels of sedentary time, anxiety and depression symptoms, and obesity were associated with worse asthma outcomes," explains Prof. Celso Carvalho, who also adds, "treating comorbidities is as important as treating asthma itself."

Prof. Celso Ricardo Fernandes de Carvalho is a Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy and Occupational Therapy at FMUSP, teaches Respiratory Physical Therapy and Exercise Physiology disciplines, and has been researching the subject for more than 20 years. 

Read the study published in the European Respiratory Journal: