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Can you tell me why lung cancer, coronary heart disease and stroke are degenerative diseases?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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'degenerative disease' usually is a word we use for changes that seem to happen as part of the body's wearing out from getting older. Macular degeneration of the eye, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, lung function loss, maybe neuronal loss in the brain are the ones real physicians usually think of.
These 3 catastrophic illnesses aren't 'degenerative diseases' in any meaningful sense.

In brief: Says who?

'degenerative disease' usually is a word we use for changes that seem to happen as part of the body's wearing out from getting older. Macular degeneration of the eye, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, lung function loss, maybe neuronal loss in the brain are the ones real physicians usually think of.
These 3 catastrophic illnesses aren't 'degenerative diseases' in any meaningful sense.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
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