​How Eating Fruits and Vegetables Can Reduce Your Risk Of COPD

Fruits and vegetables don’t just reduce your risk of heart disease and cancer—they could actually counteract some of the harmful effects of smoking, too. The more fruits and vegetables you eat, the lower your risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can be, a study in the journal Thorax suggests. COPD, which stems mainly from smoking, includes respiratory conditions like bronchitis and emphysema, according to …

8 lifestyle changes to make living with COPD better

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is an umbrella term for a number of lung diseases that can lead to disability and even death.  This condition includes emphysema, chronic bronchitis, severe asthma, or a combination of these conditions.  Overtime, they can cause inflammation, destruction, or abnormal repair of airways and lung tissue, which reduces airflow and ultimately makes it harder to take in enough …

COPD isn’t reversible, but treatment can help lung function

COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, affects an estimated 30 million people every year in the United States. More than 80 percent of the time the cause is cigarette smoking. COPD is actually an umbrella term used to describe multiple progressive lung diseases, including emphysema, chronic bronchitis, refractory (nonreversible) asthma and some forms of bronchiectasis, almost all of which are …

How Fast Do Lungs Recover After Quitting Smoking?

The biggest impact smoking has on lungs is the damage done to the cilia. Cilia are tiny, hair-like protrusions in your lungs and respiratory tract that move back and forth as you breathe, to keep out foreign material or contagion. The images, taken by a scanning electron microscope, show cilia in healthy lungs. When you smoke, the cilia are destroyed, …