You may not think that what you eat has anything to do with your risk of developing lung cancer or COPD. Diet, however, especially one that’s rich in fiber, may actually play a key role in preventing certain breathing diseases. COPD stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and it includes
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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) isn’t simply one disease, but a term used to describe serious lung problems such as emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Severe, non-reversible asthma can sometimes be considered a form of COPD. Guidelines for treatment of these serious respiratory conditions call for a mix of medications, oxygen
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a term for lung diseases that include emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Women are 37 percent more likely than men to have COPD, and it is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. COPD is undiagnosed in many patients who have it, but
What is COPD? It stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and it typically describes two conditions: emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Some people suffer from just one of these conditions, but most people with COPD have both—and both can seriously affect your lungs. In fact, COPD is one of the most
The term chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) typically describes two conditions—emphysema and chronic bronchitis—both of which cause the airways to narrow, making it difficult to breathe in and out. Some people have just one of these, but most people with COPD have a combination of both. Chronic cough and increased
Having a lung disorder like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, or pneumonia can be frightening. With every breath we take, we depend on our lungs to deliver life-sustaining oxygen to our bodies—so if you struggle to breathe normally, cough, wheeze, or feel very tired, it’s important to find out
Lung power is brainpower. Without sufficient oxygen delivered by the lungs, the brain—which represents just two percent of the body’s weight, but consumes 25 percent of its oxygen you—cannot function properly. In the short term, a lack of oxygen may cause temporary symptoms such as lightheadedness and poor motor skills.
Q: My daughter has been feeling generally unwell for several years, and her doctor now thinks that she may have a condition called fibromyalgia. What is this, and is there anything that can alleviate the symptoms?
A: Fibromyalgia is a rheumatic condition (like arthritis), even though it doesn’t cause inflammation or
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)—an umbrella term for chronic lung diseases that include emphysema and chronic bronchitis—affects seven million women. Unfortunately, millions more women have COPD but have not been diagnosed.
“The medications that we use for COPD can help alleviate symptoms, but they do not alter the disease itself,” explains