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At what age does chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) start?

Smoking typically causes chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which is usually diagnosed in people over the age of 65. However, COPD probably starts during your 50s. You hear people talk about terms like smoker's cough. That's actually one of the first signs of COPD. Another symptom of COPD is shortness of breath that can limit daily activities.

Early treatment with inhalers can help, but stopping smoking is the best treatment for stopping COPD in its tracks.

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