Friday, June 10, 2011

12 Ways To Keep Your Lungs Strong And Healthy

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If you take good care of your lungs, they can last a lifetime. "The lungs are very durable if they're not attacked from the outside," says Norman H. Edelman, M.D., chief medical officer of the American Lung Association (ALA). With a few exceptions, your lungs don't get into trouble unless you get them into trouble, he says.

However, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the fourth-leading cause of death in the U.S. after heart disease, cancer and stroke. Here are 12 things you can do to keep your lungs healthy as you age.

Don't smoke ... anything

Fight for clean air

Exercise more

Beware of outdoor air pollution

Improve indoor air

Eat right

Protect yourself on the job

Don't skimp on shots

Stick to safe products

Check for radon

Know the warning signs

Control your condition