Vitamin D Improves COPD
In reading about this it got me thinking about COPD and the fact that it is one of the most common reasons for hospitalization and disability in the United States. It is a progressive disease that affects the alveoli (small air sacs that exchange oxygen) and small bronchioles of the lungs. These airways and air sacs lose their elastic quality and become thick and inflamed. Mucus forms and patients become progressively short of breath and eventually need supplemental oxygen just to breathe. COPD is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States.
Did you know that most COPD is caused by smoking? It isn't contagious. There is no cure and it ends in death. People always think of lung cancer and smoking but COPD is often even a worse outcome and it is preventable.
All the Vitamin D in the world will not reverse the effects of cigarettes.