Healthy Lungs 2

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Our lungs are amazing organs, but harmful substances can damage them and create long-term health problems. Dr. Edward Hill concludes a two-part series on healthy lungs in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Teaching our children healthy habits is hard when we have a bad habit ourselves. Some habits, like nail biting, will likely not hurt us in the long run nor will they affect our children. A habit like smoking, however, will not only hurt our children, it will also damage our lungs and could create serious health problems, including emphysema, heart disease and cancer.

Tobacco smoke and other harmful substances can cause damage to your airways and threaten the lungs ability to work properly. If you are a smoker, the best thing you can do for yourself and your children is to quit smoking.

Lung tissue is amazing. Unlike most tissue in our body it is regenerativeit will grow anew. Over time damaged lung tissue can regenerate into healthy tissue once you stop smoking.

It will take time and not all issues can be solved without the help of a doctor, but allowing your lungs clean air to breathe is one of the best things you can do for your body.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.