WomensRadio Broadcast Features COPD Foundation’s John Walsh, Dr. Byron Thomashow and Dr. Rachel K. Johnson Offering Advice
Posted Jul 23 2010 9:53am
It’s hard to believe that the fourth leading cause of death in the United States is rarely talked about, but most Americans are unfamiliar with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. COPD is a condition that affects the lungs. It includes chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. COPD symptoms include breathlessness and symptoms can worsen over time. As the disease progresses, people find it more difficult to breathe. As a result, simple tasks, like dressing or bathing, can be hard to perform.
They discuss chronic bronchitis (which occurs when airways become irritated and inflamed, causing thick mucus to impede airflow to and from the lungs) and emphysema (which occurs when tiny air sacs in the lungs stretch out, break down, and limit the exchange of old and new air). Mr. Walsh and Dr. Thomashow also discuss what causes this condition and how to seek treatment.
A new American Heart Association scientific statement provides specific guidance on limiting the consumption of added sugars, and information about the relationship between excess sugar intake and metabolic abnormalities, adverse health conditions and shortfalls in essential nutrients. Over consumption of added sugars plays a role in the increased prevalence of obesity.