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Friday, June 17, 2011

Rheumatoid Arthritis and COPD

I just got through reading an article which shows, based on research, that people with RA are much more susceptible to developing COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) compared to those who don't suffer from this condition.

COPD can manifest itself in the form of chronic bronchitis and/or emphysema and although the study didn't really mention whether it specifically pertained to smokers, the likelihood that those who do smoke are at greater risk developing COPD is pretty much a given.

I also read that smoking can have a huge influence on coming down with RA and even worsen the disease when you already have it. Apparently, smoking weakens the immune system which opens the door to inflammatory diseases.

We already knew that smoking was a bad habit, but the above may be just what was needed to quit altogether. I know it sounds simple, but I also know that it isn't easy. Only through commitment and with determination we will reach our goal.

This goes for everything in life, but we don't have to do it alone; God is always there to strengthen and encourage us and to give us what we need!

Philippians 4:13
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.


Anonymous Kenneth said...

Wow! I just wrote something similar in my RA site's article. Smoking is a NASTY habit, and especially dangerous for those already dealing with Rheumatoid Arthritis...by the way, LOVE the Bible verse! :-)

June 18, 2011 8:15 AM  

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