Most of us are aware of the golden triangle of good health – diet, exercise and sleep. While diet and exercise are something you do while wide awake and in full consciousness, sleeping is something you do when you, well, sleep! You can track your calories and count your push-ups, but good sleep is much harder to measure!
Ask anybody around you what COPD is, the chances are that they will not know. However, as per a recent report by Global Burden of Disease Report, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease or COPD as it is common known; kills more than 600,000 people in India each year. In fact, it is among the leading causes of death after cardiovascular diseases.
Health corner – Impact of smoking and air pollution on COPD
There is no denying the fact that the world we live in today is marred with air pollution. Whether it is outdoor or indoor, we are battling air pollution at all levels. According to WHO, tobacco consumption in the form of smoking is the biggest contributor of COPD in humans, whether it active or passive smoking. Smoking includes cigarettes, pipes, and cigars and the fumes from these affect even non-smokers.
Health corner – Symptoms of COPD and how it is diagnosed
In COPD patients, the symptoms may not appear until substantial damages to the lungs are done. Moreover, the symptoms would directly correspond to the amount of lung damage. Also, it is not necessary that everyone with COPD will have symptoms evidently. If you are a regular smoker, or you get exposed to air pollution, chemicals, and other harmful fumes, then you are at risk of developing COPD with time.
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