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Why Am I Losing Weight?

Losing weight is great… but not when it’s unintentional. I am 45 years old, a former smoker, and have recently been diagnosed with COPD. Maintaining an ideal and healthy weight was never a concern of mine. I’ve always been content with the way I look. But one day, not too long ago, I noticed my …

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Smoking, the Aftermath

Smoking is highly addictive, nicotine, after all, is absorbed by the bloodstream within 10 seconds of entering the body. Even though the United States has seen a decrease in cigarette smoking during the past decade, an estimate of 36.5 million adults are considered current smokers. Smoking can be attributed to at least 16 million Americans …

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FIGHTING SMOKING AND COPD?

I accept it, I am addicted to cigarettes. I am constantly thinking about my next cigarette and the feeling I get every time I take a puff. Sometimes I even dream about it. Sure, I’ve been smoking for the past couple of years. What once was one cigarette every other party, turned into a couple …

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Asthma vs COPD: What’s the Difference?

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) affects more than 30 million Americans. Mainly caused by cigarette smoking, COPD symptoms don’t usually become apparent until there is significant lung damage. In Florida alone, 7.1% of the population is affected by COPD. With symptoms such as shortness of breath, coughing and wheezing, COPD is often misdiagnosed as asthma, …

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Best Foods for COPD Sufferers

Diet plays a pivotal role for those suffering from COPD. Every time someone who has COPD takes a breath, the muscles involved can use ten times more calories than in someone without the disease. Being overweight, however, does not compensate for this as being overweight does not mean you are properly nourished. Extra weight also …

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Avoid Common COPD Triggers

Living with COPD means living mindfully. Categorized by a group of progressive lung diseases, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) makes it hard for sufferers to breathe. Symptoms can also include coughing, wheezing, and chest tightness. Certain triggers lead to flare-ups for those with COPD, which basically causes symptoms to worsen. Knowing what your triggers are …

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