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- 1. Heart disease
- 2. Cancers
- 3. Injuries
- 4. Stroke (cerebrovascular accident, CVA)
- 5. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
- 6. Diabetes
- 7. Influenza and pneumonia
- 8. Suicide
- 9. Kidney disease
- 10. Alzheimer's disease
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5. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
Emphysema and chronic bronchitis are the two types of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and both are most commonly caused by smoking. Due to the toxins in smoke, the lung tissue is damaged and loses its ability to transfer oxygen from the inhaled air into the blood stream. Symptoms of COPD include shortness of breath and wheezing. COPD increases the risk of lung infection including pneumonia.
- Type 1 diabetes usually occurs in people younger than 40 where the body's immune system destroys the insulin producing cells in the pancreas.
- More than 80% of people with diabetes have type 2 diabetes.
Poorly controlled diabetes increases blood sugar levels in the bloodstream and in the long-term, affects the small blood vessels in the body, which can lead to multi-organ failure. Poorly controlled diabetes can cause vascular disease leading to heart attacks, strokes, limb amputations, kidney failure, blindness, and nerve damage (diabetic neuropathy).