COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) (cont.)
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What Increases Your Risk
Things that increase your risk for COPD include those you can control, such as smoking, and others that you cannot control, such as a family history of COPD.
Risks you can control
Tobacco smoking is the most important risk factor for COPD. Compared to smoking, other risks are minor.
For more information, see the topic Quitting Smoking.
Risks you can partly control
Risks you can't control
Some people may be more at risk than others for getting the disease, especially if they have low levels of the protein alpha-1 antitrypsin (alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency), a disorder that runs in families.
Preterm babies usually need to have long-term oxygen therapy because their lungs are not fully developed. This therapy can cause lung damage (neonatal chronic lung disease) that can increase the risk for COPD later in life.
Asthma and COPD are different diseases, even though both of them involve breathing problems. People with asthma may have a greater risk for developing COPD, but the reasons for this are not fully understood.
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