In order to hopefully treat and prevent recurrence of chronic bronchitis we need to understand and — if possible — remove the underlying causes and risk factors. We need to ask: "What else is going on inside the body that might allow chronic bronchitis to develop?"
Accurate diagnosis of the factors behind chronic bronchitis consists of three steps:
|Need For Dietary Improvement
|Cigarette Smoke Damage
Do you have Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), also known as Emphysema or Chronic Bronchitis?
Possible responses:→ Don't know
→ No - definitely not
Out of 50 consecutive COPD patients presented with acute respiratory failure upon admittance to a hospital, malnutrition was observed in 60% of all patients but only 39% of those whose body weight was equal to or above 90% of ideal body weight. These results suggest that assessment of nutritional status should be systemically performed for COPD patients with acute respiratory failure, especially those who are in need of mechanical ventilation. Aggressive, early nutritional support in acute illness might have beneficial effects on the weaning of patients off mechanical intervention. [Nutritional Status of Patients With COPD and Acute Respiratory Failure, Chest, May 1993;103(5): pp.1362-68]
Smoking is the single most important risk factor in the development of COPD, contributing to 81.5% of all COPD deaths. People who smoke or have chronic bronchitis have an increased risk of emphysema. Chronic coughing and shortness of breath are symptoms of these diseases. Studies involving over one million men and women have shown that the death rate for chronic bronchitis and emphysema is six times as high for smokers as for non-smokers.