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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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You are going up the stairs and feel every last bit of oxygen leave your body. You stop walking but are unable to catch your breath. How are you going to fight this? COPD, the collective term for two major lung diseases: chronic bronchitis and emphysema, is a progressive disease that prevents air flow from …

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Secondhand Smoke: More harmful than you think

You know how harmful tobacco smoke is to your own personal health, but what you may not know is the damage you are doing to those around you. Tobacco smoke not only increases your risk of lung, throat and mouth cancer, COPD, heart problems and other major conditions, but secondhand smoke can also be extremely …

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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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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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Exercise is not a far-fetched dream

Chest tightness, wheezing, coughing. COPD can take your breath away and make you feel vulnerable and scared. But what if I told you that you can take back some of the control COPD has taken away? For those with COPD, having a good quality of life heavily depends on living a healthy lifestyle. Diet and …

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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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Smoking: Preventing Bad Habits Early

Many people have tried a form of tobacco at some point in their life. Whether from the pressure to be “cool,” or seeing a parent smoking and wanting to know what it was like, there are a number of reasons for wanting to experiment with tobacco smoking. There are currently close to 46 million smokers …

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