The majority of schoolchildren with asthma do not participate in regular physical activity due to a risk of exercise-induced asthma. The aim of the study was to determine the glycemic characteristic of Taiwanese children with persistent asthma. The current study found that children with asthma (age 10.4 ± 0.4 years) exhibited lower whole-body insulin sensitivity and poorer physical fitness compared to children without asthma (age 10.9 ± 0.6 years). Postprandial glucose and insulin, BMI, and waist circumference of the children with asthma were greater than those of the healthy children. Four patients with asthma regularly participating in a permissible amount of physical activity exhibited lower postprandial glucose and insulin levels compared to those of the rest of the children with asthma who were totally lacking physical activity. A permissible amount of physical activity appears to be beneficial for children with asthma in the prevention of the early onset of insulin resistance.
Cheng-Hsiu Lai, Fon-Chin Lin, Chung-Yu Chen, Yi-Hung Liao, and Chia-Hua Kuo are with the Laboratory of Exercise Biochemistry and Department of Kinesiology and Health, Taipei Physical Education College, Taipei, Taiwan; Yin-Lan Tsai is with the Department of Athletic Training and Health, National College of Physical Education and Sports, Taoyuan, Taiwan; Shih-Wei Chou is with the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Chang-Gung Memorial Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan; Wen-Chih Lee and Shu-Man Chen are with the Committee of General Studies, Shih Hsin University, Taipei, Taiwan, ROC.