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Emphysema is beatable

Believe it or not emphysema is beatable. I did it. I’m male and 57 years old . I was diagnosed with mild emphysema 6 years ago. Before diagnosed, I was smoking average 30 cigarettes/day at least for 35 years. I quit smoking the same night that I was diagnosed. I never smoked again. I had my regular life and no change in lifestyle after I was diagnosed.

6 months ago I had much more shortness of breath. I went to my doctor, they took PFT and CT scan, emphysema was progressed to higher level to moderate level. I asked doctor how long will I live? It progressed from mild to moderate within 5-6 years. He had no answer. I was prescribed steroid tablet for a week, shortness of breath was improved 40-50%, then I was prescribed with Advair inhaler. I used for a month. I had better breathing but too much side affects: dizziness, tiredness… I stopped advair after a month. I decided to change my life style. I did it and beat emphysema.
1. Either brisk walking or aerobic activity – minimum 60 min/day
2. Pursed lips and diaphragmatic breathing 3-4 times a day and 5-6 mins each time
3. Most important was eating habits change, I take vegetable, fish, meat, egg, seeds and fruit on daily basis now. No processed food. No potato, rice and white bread.
4. I’m taking vitamin A and N.A.C. supplement on daily basis .
5. Taking flax and chia seeds everyday.

I had PFT and lung scan last week. Results show no emphysema or obstruction. Doctor says he has never seen such a thing in 30 years of his career.

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  • Jenn Patel
    2 years ago

    Hi henrya –

    Thanks so much for sharing your story! I’m so happy for you regarding the lifestyle changes you’ve made and your satisfaction with them! Also, HUGE congrats on quitting smoking! That’s one of THE best things you can do for yourself!

    It’s important to note that different people can respond differently to lifestyle changes, and we encourage anyone making changes to check in with their doctor to be safe. Additionally, while there is no scientific consensus on a cure for emphysema or COPD, it IS treatable! For anyone who’s interested, here is a page on treating these conditions: as well as one specific to emphysema:

    Thanks again for sharing, henrya!

    Jenn ( Team)

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