Giving up the habit of smoking is an essential step for preventing and treating COPD, and can help you avoid COPD complications—but it isn’t easy. About 70 percent of adult smokers report that they want to stop completely, but very few succeed in permanently quitting on their first attempt. To
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Even though COPD cannot be cured, it can be treated. Treatment is aimed at reducing symptoms, preventing the disease from getting worse, improving the ability to exercise, preventing and treating complications, and preventing and treating exacerbations.
For those with COPD who are current smokers, the most important first treatment will be
While headlines often sound the alarm on the dangers of being overweight, less attention is given to the two percent of U.S. adults who are underweight. Their ranks may be smaller, but the health risks that affect many people who are underweight—a body mass index (BMI) below 18.5—are significant.
Q. I am really fond of eating cheese, which was a normal part of our diet growing up in Europe. But there is such an emphasis on the lactose and fat content of cheese in this country that I begin to wonder if it’s good for me. Can you clarify?
Asthma, a chronic lung disease that causes inflammation in and narrowing of airways, is often thought of as a child’s disease. But, adults can develop asthma—a condition known as adult-onset asthma—in their 50s, 60s, and beyond. “I do see adult-onset asthma in older women, especially if they have chronic sinusitis,”