When a man is at his best, his lungs are working well. Ara Chrissian, MD, a physician at Loma Linda University Health, says lung health is essential for overall wellbeing. “Your body runs on oxygen,” Chrissian says. “Protect your lungs by making sure the only thing you’re breathing in is air.”
Every time a smoker has a cigarette, Chrissian says they’re inhaling thousands of chemicals into the lungs, including nicotine, carbon monoxide, and tar. “Smoking is the number one cause of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and lung cancer. It’s also the number one preventable cause of death in the United States,” he says.
Exercise is a great way to keep your lungs in shape. “When you exercise, your heart beats faster and your lungs work harder, upping their activity to deliver that oxygen while getting rid of carbon dioxide,” Chrissian says. By adopting these habits, you can maintain better lung health and keep them working optimally.
To learn more about the lung treatment options at Loma Linda University Health, visit our Advanced Lung Disease Center. For COPD or asthma treatments, see your primary care physician for a referral. Contact Loma Linda University Primary Care at 909-558-6600 or schedule an appointment online at MyChart.