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I haven't written for some time but would like to add a few points to previous posts in case they can assist others in a similar age group. In effect, little has changed in respect of breathing efficiency. And I remain free of aids for the condition.
?At 76 it is not practical to expect outstanding performance. Work and exercise routines continue. Winter weather does restrict activity at times, today's snow being a good example. I may decide to retire end-2018.
?It is apparent, however, that the smoking habit of ~54 years [54 x 365 x 10 = 197,100 cigarettes] plus working with asbestos during school holidays will have taken their toll. Highlighting the nicotine statistic is important as it has probably introduced other defects that otherwise would either not have occurred or could have been postponed.
?Although not unusual in my age group I am now having to take warfarin and ratinil daily. The first drug became routine after two chest infections (2015/2016) and the second following raised blood pressure (2017). In addition, prostate problems are permanent. I might have got off lightly so far but the point is none of the above need have happened.
The message is simple: smokers must quit the habit.
Recently I have been surprised by the number of women who smoke. It would seem that men have taken in the lesson in recent years.
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