The 25th of September is world lung day. Many diseases can affect lung capacity and lower the quality of life!
On World Lung Day, Family
Urgent and Primary Care Clinics
in Woodhaven and Walled Lake
Michigan, would like to offer some
advice to people regarding lung
1. Quit smoking: Cigarette smokingis a major cause of lung diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and lung cancer. Quitting smoking is the single most important step you can take to improve your lung health. Seek support from healthcare professionals or join smoking cessation programs to help you on your journey
2. Avoid exposure to harmful pollutants: Indoor and outdoor air pollution can negatively impact lung health. Stay away from areas with heavy traffic or industrial emissions, and use air filters at nome where needed. Additionally ensure proper ventilation in your living spaces to minimize the risk of inhaling harmful pollutants
3. Exercise regularly: Regular physical activity improves lung function and overall health Engage in activities that make you breathe harder and increase your heart rate, such as brisk walking, jogging, cycling, or swimming Consult with your healthcare provider before starting any exercise program, especially if you have an existing lung condition
4. Protect yourself from respiratory infections: Take preventive measures to avoid respiratory infections, especially during flu and cold seasons. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, or use hand sanitizers When unavailable. Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, preferably with a tissue or your elbow to prevent the spread of germs.
5. Stay up-to-date with vaccinations: Vaccinations can help protect against serious respiratory illnesses such as influenza and pneumonia. Follow the recommended vaccination schedule and ensure you receive necessary immunizations particularly if you have a weakened immune system or existing lung condition
6. Maintain a healthy lifestyle: Good overall health supports optimal lung function. Eat a nutritious diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins. Stay hydrated by drinking adequate water and limit alcohol consumption. Get enough sleep and manage stress effectively, as both can impact your respiratory health It is important to remember that these pieces of advice are general recommendations. If you have any concerns about your lung health or are experiencing respiratory symptoms, please consult with a healthcare professional at Family Urgent and Primary Care Clinics or your primary care provider 19-5V