COPD, which is actually "chronic obstructive pulmonary disease" affects both men and women alike, but new studies now believe that this condition is more prevalent in women…

COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is quickly becoming an equal-opportunity condition as new studies now maintain that this condition is more prevalent in women than in men.  And, just because one does not smoke, does not mean that this condition will not show up on your “litmus test” of illnesses or health-related problems.  However, if someone is a smoker, their lungs will be 50% more susceptible to cigarette smoke, as the lungs can only deal with so much “junk.”

So, if you are a woman, you need to understand what the risks are and how to care for yourself should you learn you do, indeed, have this chronic condition.  And, as for men, they too need to be aware of their breathing habits and report any irregularities to their physicians as well.

Women with COPD also tend to experience more severe symptoms than men, as women tend to have other medical problems such as osteoporosis and heart disease.  Many women seem to have problems with shortness of breath, a reduced energy level, and lower range of motion than the men counter-parts. 

If you’re older than 35 and you’ve ever smoked, you may be at risk. You may also be at risk if you have been exposed to large amounts of certain fumes or pollution.  If you have been exposed to carbon monoxide you will no doubt see that this could hamper your health when you least expect as well.  Tell your doctor if you have shortness of breath, if you cough too much or cough up mucus (yuck), or feel less able to be active.  Stop smoking!!!  It’s not easy to quit, but smoking is the number one risk factor for COPD.

Many doctors and health specialists will recommend getting regular flu vaccinations and pneumonia vaccinations so that your lungs stay healthy, but there is also controversy with those yearly inoculation’s as well.  Do what YOU feel is best for your body – it only lasts so long!

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  1. Great info dear:)

  2. I don’t think there is a cure for COPD. Thanks for the info.

  3. v. well written

  4. Thanks Kitty,
    i only hope there should be some solution for this.
    Useful information.

  5. Good information and pictures are a helpful teaching tool:)
    Thanks Kitty, for the share!

  6. Fantastic article, I could not have agreed with you more.

  7. Fantantic article, I could not have agreed with you more.

  8. I did not get my flu shot until January this year but very few people got the flu in my neck of the woods because it was so warm all winter. Most days were in the 40’s. I have a pneumonia and tetnus shot and I have to ask the doctor if I need a booster.

  9. I would hate to have emphysema and bronchitis. When my sister was living in New York to make bigger money, her vacation was to come to my home and my nephew had a bad cold. He made sure everybody got a cold, but I got bronchitis wwhich I had for three months taking cough medicine until we decided to take me to the doctor. My doctor heard me cough at the other end of the building!

  10. Great article and information

  11. Very good article, Kitty. My mom had COPD, so its a subject I know a lot about. Thanks:)

  12. Great article! My husband has this.

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