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Dr. Frank Mayo
Board Certified, Pulmonary Critical Care
43 years in practice
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I have 70 % lung capacity but it drops to 50 - 53% when im ill. What type of exercise can I do to work it up to 80% or am i being unrealistic.?

Dr. Frank Mayo
Board Certified, Pulmonary Critical Care
43 years in practice
633K people helped
I have 70 % lung capacity but it drops to 50 - 53% when im ill. What type of exercise can I do to work it up to 80% or  am i being unrealistic.?

Mostly unrealistic: If your lung function falls with illness it implies airway inflammation from the illness with decreased flow. Other considerations include neuromuscular disease worsening with illness. Genetics determine our total lung capacity and the number of alveoli in a lung is predetermined according to crapo and no amount of exercise can change that. Once you lose alveoli there is no recovery. ...Read more

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Dr. Umesh Patel
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37 years in practice
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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Board Certified, Radiation Oncology
42 years in practice
10M people helped
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How do you tell what your lung capacity is?

Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Board Certified, Radiation Oncology
42 years in practice
10M people helped
How do you tell what your lung capacity is?

Lung function: Is measured in a respiratory lab by capacity of deep inspiratin, speed of expiration, measuring of residual volume. Alos arterial blood gases determine oxygen transfer, and ability to exhale co2. ...Read more

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Dr. Umesh Patel
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37 years in practice
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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
12 years in practice
34M people helped
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Good food to improve lung capacity?

Dr. Ankush Bansal
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
12 years in practice
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Good food to improve lung capacity?

none: There is no special diet or supplements for that. Avoid pollution (esp in india), do not smoke, exercise, and eat healthy food daily (low oil, no ghee at all, limit meat, and limit sugars/sweets). ...Read more

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Dr. Alvaro Aranda
Board Certified, Pulmonology
30 years in practice
484K people helped
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What is a lung capacity test?

Dr. Alvaro Aranda
Board Certified, Pulmonology
30 years in practice
484K people helped
What is a lung capacity test?

Lung function: Usually a lung capacity is the total amount of air you can take & hold upon a deep breath. It is part of the lung capacities (TLC, IC, EC) & function. 3 basic capacities: Total lung cac. inspiratory capacity & expiratory capacities. If decreased is a restrictive problem like in fibrosis but many others. if increase is an obstructiver air problem (asthma, COPD, etc) ...Read more

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Dr. Umesh Patel
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Dr. William Walsh
Board Certified, Pulmonology
12 years in practice
3M people helped
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Will someone die if their lung capacity is 20%?

Dr. William Walsh
Board Certified, Pulmonology
12 years in practice
3M people helped
Will someone die if their lung capacity is 20%?

No: However, they will have little to no endurance, and may feel short of breath at rest. Depending on the cause of their lung dysfunction, they might live for years like this ... Or months or weeks. If the patient is under 65 he or she might be considered for lung transplantation. ...Read more

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Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
Board Certified, Pediatrics
30 years in practice
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What does lung capacity mean and can you improve it? I am 53 with lung capacity 80%.

Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
Board Certified, Pediatrics
30 years in practice
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What does lung capacity mean and can you improve it? I am 53 with lung capacity 80%.

Lung capacity: Is essentially the volume of air that fills your lungs. Ways to increase are breathing exercises ( deep breathing, blowing up balloons, etc. ) and exercise, especially cardio. Athletes are always looking for ways to increase their lung capacities to improve performance. Lots of websites out there about it. Also, stop smoking if you do and optimize your asthma treatment if you are asthmatic. ...Read more

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Dr. William Walsh
Board Certified, Pulmonology
12 years in practice
3M people helped
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Is there a way to fake your lung capacity in a blowing test?

Dr. William Walsh
Board Certified, Pulmonology
12 years in practice
3M people helped
Is there a way to fake your lung capacity in a blowing test?

Why? : The answer is not with adequate consistency to get a good study, but why would you want to do that? These tests are expensive and time consuming, why would you waste your own and everyone else's time to do it. ...Read more

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Dr. Alvaro Aranda
Board Certified, Pulmonology
30 years in practice
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I got my lungs tested today and I have a very large lung capacity, how?

Dr. Alvaro Aranda
Board Certified, Pulmonology
30 years in practice
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I got my lungs tested today and I have a very large lung capacity, how?

Could be: Either normal lungs or hyperinflated from copd, needs to be clarify by your specialist. ...Read more

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Dr. Tracy Sinha
Board Certified, Allergy and Immunology
48 years in practice
716K people helped
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What are herbs that increase oxygen capacity of the lungs?

Dr. Tracy Sinha
Board Certified, Allergy and Immunology
48 years in practice
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What are herbs that increase oxygen capacity of the lungs?
Dr. Kornelis Poelstra
Board Certified, Orthopedic Spine Surgery
19 years in practice
401K people helped
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Can you tell me if jogging increases your lung capacity?

Dr. Kornelis Poelstra
Board Certified, Orthopedic Spine Surgery
19 years in practice
401K people helped
Can you tell me if jogging increases your lung capacity?

Lung capacity: Yes it does. Regular exercise does help with your lung capacity. Initially to increase it, and as you keep it up, you have less chance to loose capacity quickly as you age. Best of luck, but do not go overboard! ...Read more

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