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The Aging Lung: Is lung health good health for older adults?

08:00 EDT 22nd September 2018 | BioPortfolio

Summary of "The Aging Lung: Is lung health good health for older adults?"

The prevalence of lung conditions, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and pulmonary fibrosis, and lung infections such as pneumonia, increase sharply with age. The physiologic, cellular and immunologic changes that occur during aging contribute to the development of lung disease. Studies of age-related changes in physiology and function are not just key to preventing or ameliorating disease, they are essential for understanding healthy aging. Individuals with good lung function live longer, healthier lives, although the mechanisms by which this occurs are not understood. Herein, we review changes in the aging lung that facilitate development of disease and the evidence supporting the idea that robust lung function reduces the risk of developing chronic inflammatory conditions that occur with age.

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Name: Chest
ISSN: 1931-3543
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