Chronic bronchitis: Bronchitis is an inflammation of the lining of your bronchial tubes, which carry air to and from your lungs. People who have bronchitis often cough up thickened mucus, which can be discolored. Bronchitis may be either acute or chronic.
Emphysema: Is a lung condition in which tiny air sacs in the lungs – alveoli – fill up with air. As the air continues to build up in these sacs, they expand, and may break or become damaged and form scar tissue. The patient becomes progressively short of breath. Emphysema is a type of COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). The main cause of emphysema is long-term regular smoking.
Lung cancer: Lung cancer is cancer that starts in the lungs. Cancer is a disease where cancer cells grow out of control, taking over normal cells and organs in the body.
Smokers are more likely than nonsmokers to develop heart disease, stroke, and lung cancer
- Smoking is estimated to increase the risk
- For coronary heart disease by 2 to 4 times
- For stroke by 2 to 4 times
- Men developing lung cancer by 25 times
- women developing lung cancer by 25.7 times
- Smoking causes diminished overall heath, such as self-reported poor health, increased absenteeism from work, and increased health care utilization and cost.
Smoking and respiratory deceases
- Smoking can cause lung disease by damaging your airways and the small air sacs (alveoli) found in your lungs.
- Lung diseases caused by smoking include COPD, which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis
- If you have asthma, tobacco smoke can trigger an attack or make an attack worse.
- Cigarette smoking causes most cases of lung cancer
- Smokers are 12 to 13 times more likely to die from COPD than nonsmokers.
- If you have any of these warning signs or symptoms, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a progressive lung disease that makes it difficult to breathe. “Progressive” means that the disease gets worse over time. COPD damages your lungs and prevents them from working as they are designed.
A cough that you have had for a month is chronic. This is an important early symptom.
Noisy breathing or wheezing is a sign that something unusual is blocking your lungs’ airways or making them too narrow.
Unexplained chest pain that lasts for a month or more – especially if it gets worse when you breathe in or cough – can also be a warning sign.
How to take care???
Never smoke: Notice how it doesn’t say quit smoking, it says never smoke. That means don’t start smoking in the first place, and don’t even try it.
Increase your aerobic capacity: Do some vigorous exercise that really gets you gasping for breath 3-4 times a week.
Early diagnosis helps stop further damage to lungs
Doctors explained, “early identification helps to work on strengthening of the immune system by changing diet and physical exercise.”
Causes of COPD
Prevention: Unlike some diseases, COPD has a clear cause and a clear path of prevention. The vast majority of cases are directly related to cigarette smoking, and the best way to prevent COPD is to never smoke or to stop smoking.
note It’s your best chance for preventing damage to your lungs.Occupational exposure to chemical fumes and dust is another risk factor for COPD.
Chilli and curries are well known to help the respiratory system and garlic and ginger are well known in boosting the immune system. Broccoli is another, apples, walnuts, many foods are natures natural medicines and help the body achieve is good working potential.
How to increase your willpower
*Willpower is nothing but the power of choice. When you begin to see the choices in each of the decisions that you make, and start to consciously choose what you decide on, you will develop a good amount of willpower!
Seven points to follow
3. Get more sleep to help your brain manage better energy
2. Encourage yourself to stick to your plan
5. Better exercise and nutrition
6. Postpone things for later to gain focus on what’s important now
So, these were the tips I am able to bring in your notice on how to protect lungs and further damage. What are your views on the topic? Do let me know in the comments.If you like this article please share. I will come back soon with another new post.