The official blog of the Lung Institute.
The truth about lung disease can be staggering. After being diagnosed with a debilitating lung disease, you might feel overwhelmed and alone. Knowing the numbers and risk factors can help you be informed when searching for effective treatment options. Many people suffer from lung disease, but together, we can find a solution.
- According to the American Lung Association, 12.7 million U.S. adults were reported to have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in 2011.
- Over the past decade, more women have died from COPD than men.
- Smoking is the number one cause of COPD. About 80 percent of COPD deaths are a direct result of smoking.
- Other than smoking, risk factors of COPD include: air pollution, secondhand smoke, occupational dusts and chemicals, genetics and socioeconomic status.
- One study found that, of COPD sufferers, 19.2% had developed lung disease from occupational hazards.
- In The Cost of Lung Disease, we reported on a study published in 2010 found that the average cost of COPD for the individual patient ranges from $3,238-$76,159. Patients who had more frequent flare-ups and longer hospital time saw higher costs.
- An article published in Chest reports that more than one million Medicare recipients with COPD use supplemental long-term oxygen therapy, adding up to costs over $2 billion annually.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that COPD was the third leading cause of death in the U.S. in 2011.
- The following groups are more likely to have COPD:
- People 65-74 years of age.
- Caucasian people.
- Those who are unemployed, retired or unable to work.
- Those with less than a high school education.
- Those with lower incomes.
- Those who are divorced, widowed or separated.
- Current or former smokers.
- Those with a history of asthma.
- Some ways to prevent COPD: don’t inhale tobacco smoke or home and workplace air pollutants. Treat respiratory infections early to prevent developing COPD.
- For those diagnosed with COPD, the most important thing you can do is quit smoking.
- Some COPD treatment options include: breathing strategies, energy-conserving techniques, nutritional counseling, supplemental oxygen, medications and stem cell therapy.
- The flu can cause serious problems for those with COPD, so it is recommended that COPD sufferers get the flu shot each year to be proactive in preventing future complications.
Knowing the facts about lung disease can help bring us toward a solution. While there is no cure for COPD, there are treatment options that help alleviate the symptoms and provide a better quality of life. The Lung Institute specializes in stem cell therapy, and many lung disease sufferers have experienced great success. One patient recently reported, “I have seen such improvement; I saw my pulmonologist who told me that my lungs showed no signs of COPD! I am able to talk my 22-acre farm without any shortness of breath or portable oxygen!” If you or a loved one suffers from lung disease, the Lung Institute may be able to help. Please contact one of our patient coordinators today by calling (800) 729-3065 to see if you qualify for stem cell therapy.