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4 Habits to Break If You Have Lung Disease

4 Aug 2016
| Under Disease Education, Lung Disease, Medical, Smoking | Posted by | 12 Comments
4 Habits to Break If You Have Lung Disease

Most of us know what our personal bad habits are, but it doesn’t hurt to hear gentle reminders about the effects of poor choices. The older we are, the more set in our ways we may become, but with some determination we can overcome bad habits and live a healthier life. And now, for those gentle reminders, here are 4 Habits to Break If You Have Lung Disease:

Smoking

4 Habits to Break If You Have Lung Disease

Whether a person is suffering from lung disease or not, smoking is incredibly harmful. For someone with a chronic pulmonary illness, it’s literally the worst thing they can do. Smoking causes 30 percent of heart disease deaths, 30 percent of cancer deaths and 80 to 90 percent of all lung cancers, as well as increasing the risk of mouth, throat and bladder cancer. Smoking raises the odds of heart attacks, strokes and high blood pressure, and can trigger or aggravate breathing problems such as bronchitis and asthma attacks.
The health benefits of quitting are almost immediate, because the lungs and cardiovascular system begin repairing themselves within minutes of the last cigarette. Within a month, the lungs will work better, coughing will subside and the former smoker will feel more energetic and have less shortness of breath. Quitting reduces the risk of cancer and heart disease, improves the senses of taste and smell. Other benefits include fresher breath, younger-looking skin and an end to that nasty tobacco smell on clothing.

Quitting can also mean that a person can qualify as a candidate for regenerative stem cell therapy.

Drinking to Excess

4 Habits to Break If You Have Lung Disease

In too high a quantity, alcohol is a poison. Women who regularly have two or more drinks per day, and men who regularly have three or more are at a higher risk for liver damage, cancers of the liver and mouth, high blood pressure and depression. Women are generally more sensitive to alcohol, and are therefore at higher risk of heart disease, brittle bones and memory loss. For someone with lung disease, alcohol can make breathing more difficult, and even interfere with essential medications.

Overuse of Pain Medication and Sedatives

4 Habits to Break If You Have Lung Disease

When taken improperly, habitual long-term use of medication can result in more serious problems than the one the medication is being used to treat. Using drugs like ibuprofen or aspirin can over time increase the risk for ulcers, gastrointestinal bleeding, high blood pressure and heart attack. Calming drugs and sleeping pills can leave a person feeling confused and accident-prone if taken in higher-than-prescribed doses.

New pain-relief strategies can ease muscle, joint and head pain with fewer pills and side effects. Kicking the sedative and prescription pain pill habit is possible with dedication and support.

For frequent headaches, see your doctor. Migraines can be stopped quickly with the right medication.

Constant Snacking on Unhealthy Foods

4 Habits to Break If You Have Lung Disease

Losing touch with the body’s natural hunger signals can lead to chronic overeating and unhealthy weight gain, which can lead to diabetes, heart disease and other serious conditions. Junk foods especially deliver a load of unhealthy ingredients to the body.

With determination, anyone can change bad eating habits. By paying attention to natural hunger signals and switching to healthier snacks, one can boost nutrition, control cravings, lose weight and avoid low-energy periods.

Start Something Positive

4 Habits to Break If You Have Lung Disease

Though a change in habits can do a lot of good in helping to prevent flare-ups of chronic lung disease symptoms, it may not be enough. Many people with lung disease have experienced an improved quality of life after receiving stem cell therapy from the Lung Institute. If you or a loved one suffers from COPD, contact the Lung Institute today at (800) 729-3065.

12 Comments

  1. sh

    3 months ago

    Hello Judy,

    Thank you for your comment! We’d need a bit more information on your diagnosis to provide an accurate response. So, would you mind giving us a call at (855) 313-1149 to speak with one of our patient coordinators?

    We look forward to hearing from you.

    The Lung Institute

  2. Judy

    3 months ago

    Do any of your doctors have experience with patients having broncholithiasis?

  3. PB

    6 months ago

    Hello Allan,

    Thank you for your comment. While alcohol doesn’t directly affect the lungs like it can the liver, for some people with COPD, alcohol can make breathing more difficult, and it can interfere with certain medications, which is why it’s important to be cautious. Smoking in any form is harmful to the lungs. Currently, our closest clinic location to Vermont is in Pittsburgh, PA. We are happy to answer your questions regarding stem cell treatment options, so feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 today. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  4. Allan B

    6 months ago

    Yes Alchohol is POISON but NOT to the lungs and COPD.
    Now Willie Nelson’s POT should be classified as harmful to the lungs. Being a Disabled American Veteran I may someday be able to afford your treatment. Good to hear you are moving close to Vermont. Conn. is still 4 hours from Rutland Vt.

  5. PB

    7 months ago

    Hello,

    Thanks for your question. At the Lung Institute, we treat a large number of emphysema patients. Most people with emphysema refer to their disease as COPD, so sometimes it can be difficult to differentiate the two. If you would like to learn more about how stem cell treatment at the Lung Institute is used to help people with emphysema, check out some of our patient testimonials. We would be happy to answer any questions you have, so feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 today. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  6. PB

    7 months ago

    Dear Eileen,

    Thanks for your comment. We are not familiar with the treatment you spoke of, but we recommend discussing possible treatment options with your doctor before trying them. Because your doctor knows you and your health the best, he or she will be able to guide you. We would be happy to answer any questions you have about stem cell treatment options, so feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 today. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  7. Daniel Vander Wal

    7 months ago

    Hi, Barbara!
    Just curious…where are you from in ND? I live south of Bismarck. I have a lung disease called “Interstitial Fibrosis”. I’ve had it for 8 1/2 years, and it keeps getting worse each year. I’ve quit teaching, and am trying anything and everything to stabilize, and hopefully improve on my 30% lung capacity. I live in Gilbert, AZ during the winter months (just got back to ND yesterday:) to help protect my breathing and lungs from the cold air. I went to an informational meeting in Scottsdale about 2 months ago. It is expensive, but I’m going to try it in the near future (stem cells from sheep don’t do it for me:). Anyway, just curious on what you (or your loved one) has, and what you’ve done, and what you plan on doing for treatments?! Anyway we can help each other?

  8. Name

    7 months ago

    Always wondered why there are not more surgeries done on emphysema pts. lungs or isn’t it popular or worth it???

  9. Eileen Matherly

    7 months ago

    I have heard about a treatment done in Florida in which the patient gets a huge amount of oxygen meant to stimulate dormant lung cells. This is paid for by social security the same as that that also pays for oxygen and supplies. Are you familiar with this treatment? My friend knows a woman who got this treatment, and is now off oxygen and breathing well. I am 75, have COPD, but that is my only illness. Otherwise I am in good health, no physical problems, and my mind is intact. Thank you for your answers.

  10. PB

    8 months ago

    Dear Barbara,

    Thanks for your questions. Unfortunately, at this time, insurance companies and Medicare don’t cover treatment. However, we’re hopeful that treatment will be covered by insurance companies in the near future. Keep in mind that it will take some time before the insurance companies see a financial benefit in their favor and then decide to cover it. The closest Lung Institute clinic locations to North Dakota are in Dallas, TX and Scottsdale, AZ.

    In the meantime, you can learn more about stem cell treatment options and have your questions answered by one of our patient coordinators. Feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 for more information. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  11. Barbara Stark

    8 months ago

    Would this be covered by Medicare and Blue Cross and Blue Shield? Where would be the closest to North Dakota to have this done? How many days would one be in the hospital?

  12. Stephen Marsden

    8 months ago

    To the above I would suggest staying away from MSG which is added to most foods.

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