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!