#ipcrg 2010: The natural course of COPD revised

It’s allways a pleasure to hear Rupert Jones talking. Yesterday Rupert elaborated on the Fletcher and Peto curve, based on current data on the natural course of COPD. Although highly hypothetical, Fletcher and Peto still prove to have made an accurate prediction of the natural course of COPD. Current data support that symptomatic smokers show a faster decline in lung function. However, Rupert added some important gender-specific findings. The natural course of FEV1 decline is different in women:

There were two more interesting findings: rates of decline are higher in the less-severe COPD stages and having asthma at young age is a big risk factor for developing COPD. So he finally stressed the importance of preserving optimal lung function and growth in early life.

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