Breath-taking disease Top 3 causes of COPD

Acıbadem Altunizade Hospital Chest Diseases Specialist Assoc. Dr. Hacer Kuzu Okur states that many people do not take enough care to do their part to breathe healthy and they continue to make mistakes until our body gives an alarm. One of these is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), which is becoming more and more common today and ranks 3rd among the causes of death all over the world. Assoc. Dr. Hacer Kuzu Okur made a statement within the scope of 20 November World COPD Day, explained the 3 causes of COPD and made important warnings and suggestions.

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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), which is becoming increasingly common today and is the 3rd cause of death all over the world, rapidly degrades the lung tissue and causes air pollution. It is a disease that causes narrowing of its pathways and reduces our quality of life by restricting our breathing. most frequently; The main cause of COPD, which manifests itself as cough, shortness of breath and sputum production, is smoking. Assoc. Dr. According to the statements made by Hacer Kuzu Okur, COPD is seen in 1 out of every 5 people over the age of 40 who smoke in our country, and this number is increasing day by day. Here are 3 causes of COPD and Assoc. Dr. Hacer Kuzu Okur’s important warnings and suggestions…

1. Tobacco use

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Smoking is the main cause of 90 percent of COPD disease. Contrary to popular belief, pipes, cigars, electronic cigarettes and hookahs also cause great harm to our lungs like cigarettes. Non-smokers, that is, passive smokers, are at risk just as much as smokers. For example; COPD can be seen in women whose spouses smoke at least as much as smokers. In COPD, it becomes difficult to breathe because the airway is disrupted and the structure of the air sacs is destroyed. COPD is a preventable disease and the first condition is to quit smoking.

2. Air pollution

The high rate of caustic and harmful gases in the air, especially in big cities and industrial cities, also creates the basis for COPD. Like environmental pollution, indoor air pollution is also dangerous. For example; being exposed to steam while cooking or being exposed to smoke while making bread in a tandoori in Anatolia; Exposure to biomass fuel fumes such as wood and manure for heating at home is among these. The gases in the smoke that you are exposed to while barbecuing and burning the fireplace can also cause this disease.

3. Occupational exposure

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Chest Diseases Specialist Assoc. Dr. Hacer Kuzu Okur “Working in dusty and smoky workplaces, heavy metal, degreasing and paint removal, cosmetics production, industrial polymer coating, aluminum works and cement factory workers are at high risk of this disease. Again, the cleaning materials used by those working in the cleaning business also lay the groundwork for the disease. It is essential to avoid direct contact or use a mask to minimize occupational exposure.

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