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COPD Prevalence in the UK

In the United Kingdom, an estimated 1.2 million people have been diagnosed with COPD. According to the British Lung Foundation’s Respiratory Health of the Nation project, around 2% of the population–4.5% of people over 40–live with the diagnosis of COPD. The study also showed that the prevalence of this disease is growing, with the number of people who have been diagnosed in the last decade increasing by 27%.

See other statistics, including the prevalence of COPD in each UK region, the ages of the people diagnosed, the proportion of men versus women who have COPD, and more: https://statistics.blf.org.uk/copd

What’s Your New Year’s Resolution?

Every year people make resolutions that center around wellness, such as eating better and exercising more. For COPD patients, there are several steps that can help you improve your overall well-being, better manage your symptoms and slow down the disease progression. If you are not already doing these, it’s not too late for that New Year’s resolution:

  • Quit smoking
    Smoking is the leading cause of COPD and while quitting won’t reverse the disease it will slow down its progression. Talk to your doctor about programs and products to help you quit.
  • Regular physical activity
    Moderate exercise can help you build muscle strength, improve your energy level and help you maintain and enjoy your lifestyle. Talk to your doctor about starting an exercise program that best fits your needs and lifestyle.
  • Avoid lung irritants
    Stay away from dust, second hand smoke and chemical fumes. Keep an eye on air quality index in your area and if there is a lot of pollution or dust, stay indoors.
  • Learn more about COPD
    Understanding what’s happening in your lungs and how the disease works, as well as learning how to manage your symptoms, can help you regain confidence and feel in control.
  • Day to day care
    Take all your medicines as your doctor prescribed and get refills before medications run out. Talk to your doctor to be sure you are staying current on flu and pneumonia vaccines.
  • Prepare for emergencies
    Put together a list of all the medications you’re taking, the phone numbers of your doctor and hospital, and someone who you can call to take you to get help if needed. If your symptoms get worse, or if you have fever, call your doctor right away.

Learn more: https://www.lung.org/lung-health-and-diseases/lung-disease-lookup/copd/living-with-copd/copd-lifestyle-changes.html