Risk factors for COPD include age, gender, smoking habits, and periodontal disease, among other things. The typical COPD patient is a smoker or ex-smoker with a pack-a-day habit of more than 20 years. Being over the age of 50 and female also increases risk for COPD.
If you smoke cigarettes and are thinking about quitting or are already trying to quit, you probably can't help but wonder just what is going on in your lungs. After all, the lungs can be pretty mysterious. What do they look like? We know they're filled with air, so does that mean they're like balloons? Are they…