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4 tips to keep your lungs healthy

4 Tips to keep your lungs healthy

 

Some people will remember a time when they could breathe deep almost anywhere, and they would feel the fresh air rush into their lungs.
Considering the current predicament, with pollution at an all-time high, in most places around the world, feeling suffocated is normal. The news that is circulating in the media does not paint a bright picture either.

According to Indian Journal of Medical Research, “Lung cancer constitutes 6.9 percent of total new cancer cases and 9.3 percent of total cancer-related deaths”. And this number is increasing at an alarming rate. COPD is one of the major problems that can cause serious complications.
However, there are a few things you can do to keep your lungs healthy.

  1. Quit Smoking


    Tobacco causes one death every 6 seconds around the world and it is estimated that tobacco use will cause 8 million deaths by 2030. The Statistics are sure to scare people, yet the number of people smoking is on the rise. The best thing you can do is to stop smoking or avoid starting in the first place. Passive smoking can also lead to COPD, and Lung cancer.

  2. Avoid Exposing yourself to pollutants

    As of December 2017, the Air Quality Index (AQI) is at 267 in New Delhi. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the range that is globally accepted is between 101 – 150, even though this range can affect people suffering from respiratory diseases. 267 is considered extremely unhealthy. Exploring the city without a mask is dangerous and can cause numerous respiratory problems.
    Acquiring a high-quality pollution mask, preferably N95 or greater, can alleviate the risk.

  3. Swimming

    Swimming not only increases your muscle strength but also increases the lung capacity. The more you swim, the better your blood pressure, which makes breathing a lot easier. Swimming can significantly help improve lung capacity for the elderly and people with breathing problems.

  4. Breathing Exercises

    With the amount of smoke and pollutants in the environment today, breathing can be hard even for people with no breathing issues.Why?
    Your lungs are doing their best to expel the carbon-di-oxide from your body. If you can boost your lung capacity, this process becomes a lot easier. Yoga is considered one of the best breathing exercises. People living in Urban and the Suburban areas should opt for yoga, to maintain a healthy respiratory system.

  5. The Conclusion

    With global pollution levels on the rise, it is unlikely that the air quality will reach safe levels, but these tips can come in handy, saving you and your loved ones from serious respiratory complications and will help you to lead healthier more active lives.

    To know more about Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), click here

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Sleep Apnea and its Common Misconceptions

 

What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep Apnea is a condition that affects a large portion of the adult population worldwide. The concern arises from the fact that many misconceptions are linked to the disorder. Estimates show that 1 in 5 adults in alone suffer from sleep apnea and are not aware that they are affected by it. It is considered harmless, and the dangers associated with it are not well known by the masses. The risks associated with the disorder are highly dangerous if left undiagnosed and untreated.

What are some of the general misconceptions related to Sleep Apnea?

  1. Snoring is nothing to worry about – Snoring is widely regarded as a key factor in identifying Sleep Apnea. Chronic Snoring is the most commonly diagnosed symptom indicating Obstructive Sleep Apnea and if left undetected can lead to a reduction of life expectancy.

 

  1. Sleep Apnea only affects men – People assume that snoring is normal for the average adult male and thereby believe that Sleep Apnea only affects men. The truth is that Sleep Apnea is not restricted to any one age group or gender. Sleep apnea also affects weight gain if undiagnosed, those with obesity have a higher risk of developing Sleep Apnea and this, in turn, can lead to a worsening of the Apnea. Those within a healthy weight bracket are not risk-free. Individuals with healthy weight have also been diagnosed.

 

  1. Sleep Apnea is nothing to worry about – Untreated Sleep Apnea can pose a myriad of health risks, ranging from heart disease, heart attack, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes and increased risk of motor vehicle accidents.

 

  1. Sleep Diagnosis can only be diagnosed in a lab – A common misconception is that sleep apnea can only be diagnosed in a laboratory. Leading to apprehension among people and often leads to them avoiding even getting a diagnosis. The alternative that provides for a comfortable diagnosis is home sleep testing. There is no reduction in the efficiency of the test, and it can be conducted in the comfort of your bedroom.

 

  1. I do not have sleep apnea because I do not snore – The belief that, only people who snore can be affected by sleep apnea is a myth. Snoring is only one of the possible signs that a person has OSA. Daytime sleepiness, high blood pressure, weight gain or being overweight, irritability, mood swings, insomnia, waking up with a headache, sore throat or a dry mouth are things to look out for if you suspect you have OSA

 

If you have noticed that you have some of these symptoms or someone you know has these symptoms, it is advisable you visit a sleep lab or access a home sleep test. Detecting, diagnosing and treating, Obstructive Sleep Apnea early will lead to an increase in your mood and energy levels, ultimately to a better quality of life.