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So you’ve been diagnosed with ILD. Here’s what you can do about it.
An interstitial lung disease prognosis can be one of the most sobering moments of one’s life. Not only is interstitial lung disease (ILD) an incurable and chronic lung condition, but the realities of its symptoms can make life incredibly challenging. For many that have noticed small changes in their energy or breathing, gone to their doctor, and were informed that they’ve developed ILD, some of the biggest questions can be “What’s next?” and “What are my treatment options?”
With your health in mind, the Lung Institute is here to provide the next steps after diagnosis, and give you a clear answer to Interstitial Lung Disease Prognosis: What to Do Next?
What Is Interstitial Lung Disease?
Interstitial lung disease or ILD is a progressive lung disorder that covers more than 150 biological processes that can ultimately lead to scarring within the lungs and respiratory failure. This process of scarring is called pulmonary fibrosis. This disease can develop through smoking, exposure to hazardous materials or complications from other illnesses, but all types of ILD can lead to fibrosis and a reduced capacity to oxygenate the blood.
What Can I Expect with an Interstitial Lung Disease Prognosis?
Although symptoms of interstitial lung disease vary based on the individual, the person’s condition and other related conditions such as heart disease and diabetes, here are a few common symptoms shared within all forms of ILD:
- Weight loss
- Acute pneumonia
- Shortness of breath
- Weight loss
- Abnormal enlargement of the fingernail base
- Dry, persistent cough
- High blood pressure (in some cases)
- Heart failure (in some cases)
So What Can I Do About It?
Although interstitial lung disease has no cure, it is possible to address the symptoms of the disease through a variety of lifestyle changes and natural therapies including:
- Diet– Diet is critical to addressing the symptoms of lung disease. Not only can a proper diet give your body the crucial vitamins and nutrients it needs to be healthy and effective, but it can also alter the way your body uses oxygen. For more information on the healthiest foods to consume for lung disease, check out our post on COPD-Friendly Foods You’ll Enjoy.
- Exercise– With a proper diet comes proper exercise, and with a reasonable exercise routine, it’s possible to significantly affect one’s lung capacity through daily exercises that are as simple as walking.
- Natural Remedies– For those that are more averse to traditional medications such as pills, inhalers and corticosteroids, there are a variety of more natural treatments to consider such as supplements, herbs, and air purification methods to increase the oxygen around you.
Although an interstitial lung disease prognosis can seem insurmountable, the first step to living a longer life is finding a treatment that addresses the disease head-on. Changing one’s diet and gaining consistent exercise are among the best lifestyle changes one can do aside from quitting smoking. However, if you’re looking to address interstitial lung disease progression directly, it may be time to consider stem cell therapy. Rather than only addressing the symptoms of lung disease, stem cell therapy directly affects disease progression and can improve quality of life and pulmonary function. For people with lung disease, a change in quality of life could mean the difference between struggling to walk to the mailbox and riding a bike.
If you or a loved one suffers from a chronic disease like ILD, COPD, pulmonary fibrosis or other symptoms of lung disease, the Lung Institute may be able to help with a variety of adult stem cell treatment options. Contact us today at (800) 729-3065 to see if you qualify for stem cell therapy, and find out what stem cell therapy could mean for you.
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