There are certain illnesses in life that can really become debilitating. Whilst you’re still able to go about your daily life as such, you’ll be limited in what you can do compared to prior to the illness. Some are silent but deadly, some are noticeably affecting people’s lives. But as we get older, it’s more common to see just how many illnesses can affect our lives. The lifestyles we chose as younger adults will soon catch up on us. Smoking and alcohol consumption in excess are some of the leading causes of illness, as well as drug abuse. But when we’re young and carefree, we don’t tend to think of the future. Whilst there are always new treatments being developed, and studied being carried out, it’s so important that you manage it in your own way as well. Without taking charge of your own health, you’re not really giving yourself the best chance.
This is such a common disease that affects people so many people over the age of around 40. It is most commonly caused by smoking, or smoke inhalation from a young age. But it definitely doesn’t mean you had to smoke to contract the disease. The symptoms can be life changing. You’ll experience shortness of breath, a chesty mucus cough, and fatigue. It is a condition of the lungs where air can’t flow as easily out of the lungs due to narrowed airways. Unfortunately, there is no cure for this disease, but it isn’t something that’s going to kill you, and there are ways to cope. There are so many treatments available to help you. One being the medications the doctor prescribes you. Some lifestyle changes will also help to manage the symptoms. If you’re a smoker, you need to stop as soon as possible. It’s only aggravating the disease. Slow exercise such as walking will also help to open the airways a little further.
Sleep apnea to some people might not sound that scary. It’s occurs when you’re sleeping (obviously), and can happen in two ways. Either your brain stops sending the right signals for breathing, causing you to stop. Or the more common way is your airway temporarily collapses. Although this does all happen within sleep, it causes an unsettled sleep, and has scary risks for the future. You are at higher risk of heart failures, arrhythmias, and high blood pressure. Again, like with COPD, you can control this with a few lifestyle changes and medical equipment. Try talking to CPAP specialists, and see which masks work for you. They supply compressed air through a face mask throughout the night to stop the collapsing happening. Lifestyle changes to make would again, be stopping smoking, losing weight, and slow down on alcohol. If you don’t change your lifestyle, it’ll be harder for medicine alone to combat your illness.
There are so many more debilitating illnesses that people have to go through in life. These two are some of the less brutal ones, but nevertheless are still life changing for the people affected.