28 Feb Can You Stop The Progression of COPD?
Have you heard of the disease COPD? What this actually stands for is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.
COPD is the term for a group of conditions that include bronchitis and emphysema and is commonly characterised by narrowing the airways in the lungs. The narrowing of the airways makes it more difficult for air to travel in and out of the lungs, meaning it is harder to get oxygen into the blood where it is needed.
One of the most harmful aspects of COPD is that it is chronic and progressive – meaning that it can’t be cured once we have developed the disease. Approximately 1.2million people are currently living with COPD in the UK alone.
Even though there can be multiple causes of COPD, it is suggested that approximately…. 90% of all cases are attributable to smoking. This is because each cigarette that you smoke contains tar and carbon monoxide and both are extremely damaging to our health and especially our lungs.
The good news is that by quitting smoking you can greatly reduce your risk of developing COPD. If you are reading this and already have the condition then it is not too late. By quitting smoking you can steadily slow the progression of COPD, which could mean a greatly improved quality of life.
Everyone has their own story of how their quit journey was. Denise who suffers from COPD and was a long-term smoker has kindly shared her story for you to read.
How can One You Surrey Help?
We are here for you every step of the way. Our clinics are fully operational via telephone or video call with our specialist stop smoking advisors. We will support you throughout your quit journey for up to 12 weeks with Nicotine Replacement Therapy sent to your address or GP. The good news is our service is free to use!