As a registered nurse, I know there’s a lot of information about chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) out there on the internet. Many patients rely on this information, and it can be helpful if the source is reliable. In general, it’s a good idea for COPD patients to be wary because there are also quite a few myths online as well. Here are 3 myths that I regularly encounter.
1. COPD Isn’t Common
It’s hard to see how this myth is still hanging on, but some people may still be fooled by it. Its roots probably lie in the fact that the classification of the disease has evolved slowly. Doctors have only called the condition COPD since 1959; however, COPD is acknowledged to be a growing problem in the U.S. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that about 16 million Americans have been diagnosed with COPD, and they speculate that millions more people remain undiagnosed.
2. COPD Only Happens to Older Adults
It is true that most people aren’t diagnosed with COPD until their 40s, but COPD can still develop in younger people, too. People who smoke heavily are particularly likely to develop this chronic lung condition at an earlier age. A genetic disorder called alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency can also cause COPD to develop at a younger age than normal. Also, people who are exposed to high levels of pollution, chemical vapors or airborne dust particles may be at greater risk of developing COPD more rapidly, especially if they aren’t following the appropriate lung safety protocols.
3. Quitting Smoking Won’t Affect My COPD
Some people seem to feel that since smoking has damaged their lungs and led to COPD, the damage is already done, so they continue to smoke even after their diagnosis. While it’s true the damage to your lung tissues can’t be completely undone, quitting smoking is still an important step to take when you have COPD. For one thing, quitting means you won’t be adding additional lung damage to the damage you already have. It can also allow your body to begin clearing tar out of its airways, and that can help improve your lung function.
Lung Health Institute Can Help You Find Effective COPD Treatment Options
Advances in medical science mean that COPD symptoms are highly treatable for most patients, and Lung Health Institute offers several innovative treatment options that can help patients with COPD. One of these treatment options is called cellular therapy.
When patients receive cellular therapy, a sample of the patient’s own blood is taken, and from this sample, beneficial cells are separated and concentrated. These concentrated cells are then returned into the bloodstream. This may promote the repair of damaged tissue and reduce inflammation, allowing patients to Breathe Easier™ and improve their quality of life.
We also offer 3 Anti-Inflammatory Initiative™, or AI2™, plans to patients with COPD and other chronic lung diseases. These plans include helpful tips about lung-healthy foods, sleeping tips, supplements to promote lung health and more. All the information in our AI2 plans is designed to help boost your immune system naturally and train your body to use fats as inflammation-fighting fuel.
Are you ready to take the next step to Breathe Easier? Contact one of our patient coordinators today for more information or to schedule a free consultation.