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Are people that are heavy set more likely to die from emphysema?
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Emily Lu
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: No
As emphysema progresses patients lose their appetite, their muscle mass, and weight.
Patients with severe emphysema are more likely to be very thin than very heavy. Maintaining normal body weight enables such patients to remain active and provides the best possible quality of life.

In brief: No
As emphysema progresses patients lose their appetite, their muscle mass, and weight.
Patients with severe emphysema are more likely to be very thin than very heavy. Maintaining normal body weight enables such patients to remain active and provides the best possible quality of life.
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Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
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In brief: Not necessarily
The leading cause of emphysema is smoking, because the smoking causes a reaction in your lungs that ends up destroying lung tissue.
It usually has nothing to do with your weight. If you are a heavy set smoker, you can get emphysema. If you are a light-weighted smoker, you can get emphysema. Bottom line: stop smoking.

In brief: Not necessarily
The leading cause of emphysema is smoking, because the smoking causes a reaction in your lungs that ends up destroying lung tissue.
It usually has nothing to do with your weight. If you are a heavy set smoker, you can get emphysema. If you are a light-weighted smoker, you can get emphysema. Bottom line: stop smoking.
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Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine
In brief: Not linked.
Obesity leads to a different type of breathing problem, not emphysema, so they're not directly linked.
The "blue bloated" morphology of some people with COPD is not obesity.

In brief: Not linked.
Obesity leads to a different type of breathing problem, not emphysema, so they're not directly linked.
The "blue bloated" morphology of some people with COPD is not obesity.
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