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Lung Capacity and Lung Disease

Many patients with continuous lung diseases, may often hear their doctor mention lung capacity and sometimes medical phrasing or wordings could be complicated and difficult to understand.

Lung capacity is the quantity of air the lungs could hold. It is scientifically proven that men have a larger lung capacity than women. Although we do not make use of our full lung capacity when a person is resting, a man’s lung can hold 1.5 pints of air and a woman’s lung can hold approximately 0.6 to 0.8 pints. As per research conducted by a Professor of internal medicine at the Ohio State University of Asthma Center, the lungs are overly controlled to carry out task we need them to do. A healthy person without any continuous lung disease uses only 70 percent of the available lung capacity even during workout or agility.

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The importance of Lung Capacity.

Lung capacity could predict a person’s health and life span. It has also been researched that lung capacity is a prognosis for breathing fatality and could be used as an instrument for assessing general health. Accordingly, those suffering from chronic pulmonary disease should take special care in monitoring their lung capacity. Spirometer test is the best way to measure function of the lung.

Normally, the capacity of the lung begins to decline with age, beginning at 30 years and at around 50 years there may be a reduction of 50 percent in the lung capacity. Which means it is hard for the lungs to breathe in and hold air as you get older. Oxygen is important for our body and when less oxygen is breathed, the body cells also get less oxygen, which forces the heart to work harder to pump oxygen throughout the body. The heart working extra hard can result in heart failure. Early symptoms of reduced lung capacity could be detected by shortness of breath, frequent respiratory infections, declining stamina, and strength.

Lung capacity affected by Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary disease or COPD affects the amount of air that moves in and out of the lungs. It is difficult for the lungs to inhale and exhale air with the advancement of COPD. The lung capacity lowers when COPD reaches a  severe stage.

However, lung capacity and lung function differs. Lung capacity refers to the maximum amount of air the lungs could hold, lung function indicates how quickly a person could inhale and exhale air from the lungs and how effectively the lungs oxygenate and remove carbon dioxide from the blood. Various stages of COPD affects both lung capacity and lung function.

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Improvement of Lung Capacity.

Breathing exercises are one the best ways to help your lungs. A relaxed posture will enable breathing in and out without difficulty.

Keeping your home as dust free as possible is a great support for your lungs. Dusting and vacuuming your home regularly along with indoor air purifiers will assist a great deal in improving the quality of your home environment.

Although lung capacity could be improved function of the lung cannot be improved and it is best to consult your doctor for advice and guidance.