Intervention Review

Calorie controlled diet for chronic asthma

  1. Jing Cheng1,*,
  2. Tao Pan2

Editorial Group: Cochrane Airways Group

Published Online: 22 APR 2003

Assessed as up-to-date: 30 APR 2006

DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD004674.pub2

How to Cite

Cheng J, Pan T. Calorie controlled diet for chronic asthma. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2003, Issue 2. Art. No.: CD004674. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD004674.pub2.

Author Information

  1. 1

    Guangdong College of Pharmacy, Clinical Department, Guangzhou , China

  2. 2

    West China Hospital of Sichuan University, Gastroenterology, Chengdu, Sichuan, China

*Jing Cheng, Clinical Department, Guangdong College of Pharmacy, Guangzhou , 510224, China.

Publication History

  1. Publication Status: Edited (no change to conclusions)
  2. Published Online: 22 APR 2003




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The prevalence of asthma has increased in recent years. Epidemiological studies suggest a correlation between the onset of asthma and dietary nonallergic factors especially high calorie diet. These can be regarded as other potentially important risk factors.


To observe the effect of dietary calorie reduction on chronic asthma in adults or children.

Search methods

We searched the Cochrane Airways Group Specialised Register of trials using prespecified terms. We assessed bibliographies from included studies, and contacted authors of known studies for additional information about published and unpublished trials. Date of most recent search: May 2006

Selection criteria

Randomised-controlled trials of dietary calorie reduction were included.

Data collection and analysis

Three authors assessed each study independently. Disagreement was resolved by consensus. Quality assessment was performed independently.

Main results

One trial of fair methodological quality with a total of 38 patients suffering from chronic asthma was included. There were significant increases in FEV1 and FVC in the active treatment group compared with control. No data pertaining serious adverse effects were reported from the interventions.

Authors' conclusions

There is currently a very small amount of evidence assessing the effects of dietary interventions intended as part of a wide-ranging weight-loss programme. Whilst we are unable to recommend these strategies as concomitant interventions with drug-based therapy for the specific management of asthma, dietary interventions such as weight-loss programmes may provide benefits in specific patients. However, the impact of a calorie-controlled diet on the signs and symptoms of asthma in the general asthmatic population is yet to be established.


Plain language summary

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Calorie-controlled diets for chronic asthma

It is thought that high calorie diets may contribute to the development of asthma. Theoretically, reducing the amount of calorie consumed as part of a diet may help to alleviate the symptoms of asthma. This review was limited by the small size of the studies and the obese population of asthma patients recruited to the study. No firm conclusions can be drawn regarding the effects of dietary manipulation, and more research is required.



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我們利用一些預先設定的項目來搜尋Cochrane Airways Group Specialised Register中的試驗。我們由納入的試驗來評估一些參考資料,並且聯繫一些已知研究的作者以取得其他已公開或未公開的試驗資料。檢索至2006年5月。








目前評估飲食介入(Dietary interventions)作為眾多體重控制課程一部份的影響的證據非常少;雖然我們尚無法在藥物治療外建議病人同時接受飲食介入以作為氣喘的特殊處理,飲食介入作為減重計畫對特定病人確實有益。然而,針對一般的氣喘患者,飲食熱量控制對氣喘的徵兆或症狀所造成的影響尚未確定。


此翻譯計畫由臺灣國家衛生研究院(National Health Research Institutes, Taiwan)統籌。