Like many chronic conditions, it is better to prevent lung disease rather than let breathing issues get worse. At UM Capital, we work as a team with your primary care provider on lifestyle changes to minimize the chances of developing lung disease, and for those individuals who smoke and are ready to give it up, our smoking cessation specialists are there to help.
Lifestyle Modification and Lung Disease
Lung health starts with prevention – practicing healthy living skills that help minimize the potential of developing chronic conditions, including lung disease. Our primary care providers in both family and internal medicine, as well as our cardiologists and pulmonologists, all help patients understand the impact lifestyle changes can have on their overall health.
And yes, we're talking about diet, exercise and stress management. No, we're not talking about never having a piece of cake or having to run marathons. Unless you want to.
A healthier lifestyle can be as simple as eating a balanced diet and adding moderate exercise to your daily routines. Taking a walk after dinner. Replacing red meat with fish once or twice a week. Taking some quiet time every day – even if it's just 5 minutes alone with no distractions. As you add some of these good habits to your daily living, your body will respond by lowering blood pressure and cholesterol and increasing lung capacity so you can feel more comfortable doing more. Research shows that people who reduce sugar and increase vegetable intake start to crave sugar less and reach for vegetables more. Your body learns to like being healthy!
If you're ready to take the healthy living plunge, we are here to help you. And the healthier you are, the less chance you have of developing lung disease.
We all know that smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer and that lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths among both men and women in the US. But smoking doesn't just impact lung health. Did you know that smoking is also the leading cause of many other cancers, including bladder, kidney, prostate, stomach, liver, pancreatic, esophageal, throat, mouth, even blood cancers like acute myeloid leukemia? According to the Cancer Council, 1 in 8 cancer cases and 1 in five cancer deaths are caused by smoking.
If you are a smoker and are ready to quit, you don't need to do it alone. We can help. Our Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation Services have an experienced staff of counselors who are certified by the American Lung Association and the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to help you quit smoking. During our program, we will help you understand the adverse effects of smoking and effects of secondhand smoke on your family as well as the addiction process and its emotional impact. Then we help you quit by teaching you how to:
Develop new skills and alternative behaviors:
- Quit without gaining weight
- Develop a support system
- Manage stress and smoking triggers
- Get over a slip and prevent relapse
- Protect your kids from smoking
Please call 301-618-6363 for more information.