Pulmonary Health: All you need to keep your lungs healthy

Other DiseasesBy Onlymyhealth editorial teamApr 02, 2019

Never take your lungs for granted. Cigarettes, pollution, cold and viruses, there is so much our lungs endure. Only My Health gets you the expert in the field, Dr. Prashant Saxena from Max hospital takes on questions about lung health in this episode of Health Talk.

What are the most common types of lung diseases?

The most common lung diseases include tuberculosis, chronic bronchitis, asthma, pneumonia, and flu during the flu season.

What are the different factors which contributes to a higher risk of getting respiratory diseases?

The number of cases of respiratory diseases are increasing due to the rising level of pollution in the environment. Apart from this, smoking, poor eating habits and poor lifestyle also contributes to respiratory diseases. The risk of developing pulmonary diseases is higher in densely populated areas. The amount of dust in the environment of an area is also a risk factor.

How can one prevent the damage caused by pollution which leads to respiratory diseases?

Exposure to pollution can lead to some serious deadly diseases. One should keep the indoors clean and pollution free. People should keep their surroundings clean and should never burn garbage near to their houses. One should also wear a mask before stepping out of their houses. You should also avoid traveling to places where pollution levels are high.

What are the early signs and symptoms of pulmonary diseases?

Early symptoms of pulmonary disease may include cough, breathlessness, unintentional weight loss and fever.

What are the food items which contributes to healthy lungs?

One should consume a balanced diet to keep their lungs healthy. A balanced diet must include foods loaded with antioxidants and vitamin C. Other ways to keep lungs healthy may include Yoga. Yoga will strengthen your muscles. It can help you improve the situation but will not provide the ultimate solution to lung diseases.