COPD

Risk: very high
COPD
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a lung disease involving poor airflow. It affects nearly 5% of the global population. Symptoms include shortness of breath and productive coughing. COPD worsens over time and it has no cure, but its progression can be delayed.

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How can you prevent COPD

Do not smoke

Benefit: very high
Do not smoke

Smoking is the most common cause of COPD. Even at late stages of the disease, Smoking cessation reduces the rate of worsening lung function and delays the onset of disability.

Smoking is highly addictive and it harms almost all organs. It is a major risk factor for the most common causes of death. Cigarettes contain about 600 ingredients and when they burn, they generate more than 7,000 chemicals, many of which are poisonous or carcinogenic.

Can prevent: cancer, coronary artery disease, COPD, stroke, diabetes, hypertension, pneumonia

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