Cigarette smoke accounts for over 80 percent of COPD cases. Another cause of COPD, which has nothing to do with smoking is Alpha-1Antitrypsin Deficiency, a genetically inherited form of COPD in which a person is born with two recessive genes, one from the mother and one from the father.
You've never smoked a cigarette in your life, but your doctor just told you that you have COPD, which stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Are you wondering how this can be? Isn't COPD a disease of smokers and former smokers? While it's true that in the United States, COPD in 80% to 90% of all people diagnosed was due to…