Effect of exercise on pulmonary function tests in obese Malaysian patients

L. K.S. Christopher, N. R. Kosai*, R. Reynu, K. B. Levin, M. M. Taher, P. A. Sutton, N. Sukor, S. Das

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Background and Aims. Obesity has taken the 21st century by storm, posing negative effects on of the various facades of health, healthcare and global economy. With regards to pulmonary performance, numerous studies have proven the detrimental effects of obesity while reinstating the positive effects of weight loss on overall pulmonary function. However, effects of exercise on pulmonary function and correlation between changes in pulmonary function test with weight loss have yet to be described. We performed a prospective interventional study to determine the effects of regular exercise on Pulmonary Function Tests (PFT) and ascertain the relationship between weight loss and change in PFT in obese patients. Materials and Methods. Twenty-five obese patients were enrolled, giving an 80% power of study. Baseline weight and PFT consisting of FEV1, FVC, TLC, mean ERV and VC were recorded prior to commencement of the 8 week long Standard Exercise Regimen (SER). PFT and weight were recorded again at the end of 8 weeks. Results. All parameters of the PFT studied improved significantly with exercise. The participants lost an average of 1kg of body weight post-exercise (p<0.0005). The correlations between mean changes in weight and PFT were negligible. Conclusion. A period of supervised regular exercise improves the pulmonary function of obese patients and this improvement is independent of the amount of weight loss. Hence, SER should be recommended to all obese patients, especially when bariatric surgery is desired.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)105-109
Number of pages5
JournalClinica Terapeutica
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Nov 16 2015


  • Exercise
  • Obesity
  • Pulmonary function
  • Weight loss

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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