COPD Can Affect Even Passive Smokers

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Condition hits #3 on worldwide causes of death

COPD, or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder, recently became the third-leading worldwide cause of death. Here is a quick refresher on the conditions and its symptoms, courtesy of new Indian Express:

Respiratory Infections

The condition increases the risk of cold, flu, pneumonia etc. which can further damage the lung tissue and block the airflow.

Heart Problems

Exposure of nicotine in smoke can lead to the heart problems.

Lung Cancer

The risk of contracting lung cancer is significantly higher in COPD patients.

Steps to combat the disease

Diet plays a significant role in the management of COPD. Good nutrition helps the body fight infections. Chest infections are illnesses that often lead to hospitalization of people with COPD, so it is important to reduce your risk of infection by following a healthy diet.

People with COPD use more energy while breathing than an average person. Therefore, the pulmonary (breathing) muscles in someone with COPD might require up to 10 times the calories of a healthy person. It is therefore, important to consume enough calories to produce energy in order to prevent wasting or weakening of the diaphragm and other pulmonary muscles.

Regular treatment, healthy dietary habits, and moderate physical activity can help improve the lifestyle conditions of a person with COPD. However, it is important to consult your doctor prior to taking any significant steps to help maximize the benefits.

Common symptoms

  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing
  • Tightness of Chest
  • Cough with sputum
  • Fatigue
  • Weight loss
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