A recent research published in the July 9 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine hints that reduced lung functions in early adulthood could lead to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) later in life.
The study involved more than 2500 participants from the Danish and the US population.
It was revealed the 50% of the participants who ultimately developed COPD had low FEV1 before the age of 40 followed by an average decline after that.
The latest study cold alter how doctors view lung debilitating condition known as COPD or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It also highlights the dangers of smoking in teenagers and young adults.
A new study may change the way doctors view the lung-crippling condition known as, or COPD and offer new evidence of the risks of smoking for teenagers and young adults.
The study revealed that half of the COPD cases are found in persons who have a lung that has aged naturally but has been severely damaged by breathing problems that started at adulthood with reduced lung capacity.
The Lung Capacity reaches its peak around the age of 20 to 30 years. Smoking can severely hinder this development as the study points out.
Dr. Peter Lange of the Copenhagen University in Denmark said the risk of COPD increases 3 to 4 times if the lung functions are reduced at the age of 20 to 30 years as compared to young adults who have a normal lung function.
Lange further adds that the study proves that early lung development is crucial and all efforts must be made to achieve normal lungs growth that include not smoking in the teen years, early and prompt treatment of asthma and reduce exposure to passive smoking.