From COPD International - copd-international.com/
"COPD is NOT a death sentence!
COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), also known as Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (COLD), is an umbrella term used to describe chronic lung diseases that are characterized by progressive obstruction of the airflow into and out of the lungs and increased shortness of breath. COPD is an insidious disease, which is often diagnosed after some of the lung capacity is already lost. The two main diseases included under the umbrella term of COPD include emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Often included in many definitions of COPD are bronchiectasis and refractory (severe chronic) asthma.
Surprising little had actually been learned in past years about COPD. Studies and research were very limited. Now, however, things are improving with some very encouraging studies, clinical trials and research under way for medications and treatment protocols. Research into such areas as genetics, new medications and treatment protocols promise greatly improved diagnostics and treatments for the future. These will greatly improve the quality of life for the COPD patient. A possible cure for COPD is no longer considered impossible"
Taking control of your condition with a healthy lifestyle takes us to understand:
31 Jul 2012
Just had a quick scan through the info. Pretty standard stuff about copd except the section about prognosis. The life expectancy of 1 year and 10 years after diagnosis is absolute rubbish. So please bear that in mind when reading the information - and then go on to read the lots of other posts on this community from people who have copd.
Doing what is necessary to live into old age:
Seniors who can still give a firm handshake and walk at a brisk pace are likely to live longer than those who can’t, according to British researchers.