Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is one of those diseases that you never want to get. It causes shortness of breath that grows worse over time because there is no cure for the disease. People with COPD need treatments that help reduce inflammation and control the symptoms of COPD so they can continue to breathe and live their lives.
The best treatment for COPD is preventing it from happening in the first place. COPD is a very preventable disease in most cases. It’s important to assess your risk factors to determine whether you need to take some steps for preventing COPD from affecting your life.
Risk factors for COPD
COPD usually affects people who are 40 years old or older, though it can affect someone younger if their risk factors are severe enough. The following are known to increase your risk factors of developing COPD:
- Smoking — Smoking is the number one cause of COPD and many other chronic lung illnesses. Cigarette smoke irritates the lung tissue and can eventually cause progressive inflammation that damages the lungs. By never smoking or by quitting now, you can greatly reduce your chances of COPD. Be wary of secondhand smoke, too, as this poses a threat to your lungs.
- Dusty air — The air in environments such as mines, factories, metalworking shops, woodworking shops and glass shops can be loaded with dust, particles and chemical fumes that can irritate your lung tissue. Make sure you take proper safety precautions in these environments to reduce your risk.
- Pollution — Pollution in the air of urban areas, especially near factories, can contribute to irritation that causes COPD and other health problems.
- Alpha-1 Deficiency — The Alpha-1 protein is a substance that your body uses to build healthy lung tissue. Some people have a rare condition that causes a deficiency of this protein, which can lead to the development of COPD and other lung conditions.
You need to contact your health care provider for a lung screening if you’re at risk for any of the factors listed above.
Contact the Lung Health Institute for COPD treatment
COPD cannot be cured, but the Lung Health Institute is making advancements in treatments that can help people with the disease Breathe Easier™. We use cellular therapy to help fight lung disease and open up your airways.
Cellular therapy is a minimally invasive procedure that uses concentrated amounts of healing cells from your own body to target lung disease and reduce inflammation. More than 85 percent of our patients who have had this procedure report breathing improvements within three months of treatment.
Contact us today if you would like to speak with a patient coordinator about your treatment options to Breathe Easier™.