What Causes COPD?

Would you like to learn more about how you can prevent COPD for you and your family members?

COPD is a disease of the lungs that includes two primary conditions: emphysema and chronic bronchitis. It is quickly becoming one of the leading causes of death worldwide, and more than 200 million individuals around the world have been diagnosed with the disease. There is currently no cure for COPD and prescribed treatments can only hope to keep symptoms in check and prevent further lung damage. For this reason, it is especially important to be aware of the causes of COPD and take measures to protect yourself from this debilitating disease whenever possible.

Causes of COPD
Smoking is the number one cause of COPD, and most individuals who are diagnosed with the disease have been or are current smokers. The more a person smokes, the more likely they are to be diagnosed with COPD at some point in their life. Quitting smoking is the best way to prevent COPD and the only way to prevent future lung damage once COPD has already been diagnosed.

While smoking is the primary cause of COPD, there are other risk factors for that can affect nonsmokers, as well. These risks include:

  • Exposure to certain types of fumes or gases at the workplace
  • Heavy or long-term exposure to second-hand smoke
  • Inhalation of smoke, due to frequent use of a cooking fire without ventilation
  • Lack of a protein in the lungs called alpha-1 antitrypsin

Both emphysema and chronic bronchitis cause irreversible damage to the lungs that can have deadly effects on the heart, brain, and other vital organs in the body. If you would like to learn more about COPD, what causes it, and how you can lower your risk, call the Royal Medical Group today. We have the information you need to help you breathe easily throughout your lifetime.