The Free Press, Mankato, MN

Health & Fitness

November 3, 2013

Lung health: Tips for healthy living

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Pregnant women should be aware that smoking has been linked to premature birth and low birth weight, as well as increased chance of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

5. The symptoms of lung cancer are obvious.

FALSE. Lung cancer tends to act silently. The tissue that lung cancer affects resides on the inside of the lung.

Because we only feel pain on the outer part of our lungs, early detection can be difficult.

If you experience a chronic cough, persistent chest pain during deep breathing or unexplained weight loss, alert your health care provider about these warning signs.

6. You can take action today to improve your lung health.

TRUE. The best way to fight respiratory illness is by not smoking or – if you do – by quitting immediately.

Regular aerobic exercise can also counter breathing issues and make your lungs and breathing muscles stronger.

Additionally, eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean sources of protein helps fight all types of illness.

If you have concerns about respiratory illness, please contact your health care provider team.

(Jamil Taji, M.D., is a pulmonologist at Mayo Clinic Health System. He will give a Speaking of Health presentation on lung health that is open to the public in the lower level conference center of the hospital at Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. For more information, please go to www.mayoclinichealthsystem.org. Health & Fitness coverage is supported by Mayo Clinic Health System, preserving the health and well-being of southern Minnesota communities.)

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