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Exercise slows down the progression of COPD.

Exercise slows down the progression of COPD.

For Alphas who have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), the condition causes the lungs to gradually lose their ability to get enough oxygen to the body. One way to slow down the progression of COPD is to keep your chest muscles active through aerobic exercise, stretching, strengthening, and special breathing exercises. Stretching and Strength Training … Read more

Vaccines save lives. End of story.

Vaccines save lives. End of story.

Individuals with Alpha-1 are more susceptible to respiratory infections and the consequences of infectious agents affecting the liver. To reduce the risk of experiencing serious complications that may be associated with these potentially fatal infections, vaccinations against influenza, pneumonia, and hepatitis are recommended for all individuals with Alpha-1. A yearly flu vaccination is recommended for … Read more

What’s your excuse?

What's your excuse?

When you don’t feel like exercising you can come up with all kinds of excuses. We get it: exercise is the worst. There are so many things you could be doing instead. You don’t have time. And so on, and so on. But exercising regularly has too many benefits for us to stand idly by … Read more

How is the air out there?

How is the air out there?

Poor outdoor air quality and air pollution affect everyone, but individuals with pulmonary problems are at greater risk. Individuals with liver problems may also be at risk. Contaminants are present all around us from varying sources: exhaust from vehicles, discharges from industrial plants, air pollution, smog, chemicals, fertilizers, pesticides, bacteria, mold spores, and fungi. All … Read more

Always round up!

Always round up!

This post is for all those who have been prescribed and approved for augmentation therapy. You probably already know that the basic goal of augmentation therapy is to increase the level of AAT (Alpha-1 antitrypsin) protein and to restore the balance between the AAT and mediators of inflammation including neutrophil elastase. The therapy cannot restore … Read more

You don’t have to give up travel!

You don't have to give up travel!

You don’t have to give up travelling for business, taking vacations, or visiting friends and family just because you have Alpha-1. The key to successful travel can be taken from the Boy Scout motto: Be prepared! Here are some tips to keep you safe and having fun!  Discuss your travel plans with your physician to … Read more

Are you using your inhaler right?

Are you using your inhaler right?

There are many different types of inhalers prescribed for those with lung issues (e.g. ‘press and breathe’ metered dose inhalers (puffers), ‘breathe in hard’ dry powder inhalers, etc.) You should always follow your specific inhaler’s instructions for use. And keep those instructions handy to go back and check that you’re still using it properly on … Read more