Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a progressive disease that causes shortness of breath and can eventually lead to heart failure or respiratory failure. COPD treatments can help slow the progression of the disease and manage the severity of its symptoms, but there is no complete cure for the disease. For this reason, prevention is really the best treatment for COPD.
COPD is largely preventable with a few lifestyle changes. However, there is a rare condition that causes a deficiency in your ability to produce Alpha-1 proteins. These help keep your lungs healthy. Without them, you may be at a higher risk for COPD.
People who know they have an Alpha-1 deficiency should have their lungs regularly checked by a healthcare professional to assess the risk for COPD. If you do not have an Alpha-1 deficiency, you should observe the following tips to help prevent COPD.
Four tips for preventing COPD
- Quit smoking — Smoking is the leading cause of COPD and many other lung diseases. People who never smoke are at a low risk for COPD. If you do smoke, quitting now can greatly reduce your chances of developing the disease. Second-hand smoke also increases your COPD risk, so you should avoid being around people who are smoking to lower your risk.
- Avoid dust and other irritants — Certain environments, such as mines, factories, woodshops, glass working shops and metalworking shops, can produce a lot of dust, silica, chemical fumes and other small particles that can hang around in the air and be inhaled. These particles can irritate your lungs and lead to many problems, including COPD.
Wear proper safety equipment and follow safety procedures if you work in these kinds of environments to help lower your risk for COPD.
- Avoid polluted areas — Air pollution in urban areas, especially those near factories, can increase your chances for COPD. You should lower your exposure to air in polluted areas if you want to lower your risk for COPD.
- Get a regular lung screening — Visiting your doctor for a regular lung screening, especially if you’re at risk for any of the above, will not cure your COPD but can help determine if you’re at risk for the disease and need to make any changes.
Contact the Lung Health Institute for COPD treatment
If you have been diagnosed with COPD, you can still live a quality life. Lung Restoration Treatment™ from the Lung Health Institute can help you Breathe Easier™ so you can continue doing the things you love despite having COPD.
Contact the Lung Health Institute today to speak to a patient coordinator about Lung Restoration Treatment™ and discover other treatment options that may be right for helping you Breathe Easier™ and improve your quality of life.