COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) is a progressive respiratory disease that makes it difficult to breathe. COPD is more common in older adults, typically those over the age of 40, although it can occur in younger people as well.
According to the American Lung Association, most people are diagnosed with COPD in their 60s, but symptoms can start showing up in their 40s or 50s. It’s important to note that smoking is the primary cause of COPD, and the longer a person smokes, the more likely they are to develop the disease. Therefore, individuals who have a long history of smoking may develop COPD at an earlier age than non-smokers or those with a shorter smoking history.