Living in a Poor Community Puts You at a Higher Risk for COPD

Have you ever wondered if where you live puts you at a higher risk for disease? If you live near an area where there’s a lot of pollution coming from industrial chemicals that you’re inhaling every day, this puts you at higher risk for disease, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Many times these areas have a low cost of living, but that comes at a bigger price tag on your health.

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According to a new study released by the John Hopkins University School of Medicine, if you live in a poor or rural community, your chance of having COPD increases by almost 12%.