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Hello and welcome to help welcome doctor Marc Siegel sitting in for doctor -- today.
24 million Americans are currently suffering from CO PD chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Also known as chronic bronchitis which is an infection and emphysema but you know what twice as many people have it that are undiagnosed.
For those who have stupidity.
It's trouble there's trouble breathing less air flows in and out of the -- you may up coughing it is a miserable condition we need to catch it early.
Joining me today I had the pleasure to introduce one of the greatest football players of all time tremendous defensive end.
Huge fan of his New York Giants great Michael Strahan thank -- for coming out -- appreciate it thank you.
Michael why are you talking to us about -- -- what's what what's your thoughts about how you got involved in this.
I've mined my uncle but died of bomb -- if agreement passed away.
And it with -- one of those things that we didn't know much about when that happened but the -- -- of my family had to adjust and and and see him suffer through his life and realize that there when when I heard about it is so wow it's something that can be avoided if something people are aware of that we can help with.
And it's something -- close to me in my family so I've decided to.
The join us -- we could do.
What was some of the suffering he went through -- you've that you witnessed firsthand.
All -- said lack the ability to breathe them oxygen tanks and just to see my family.
The mom mom and sisters and his wife.
The adjustment they had to make it makes it even with -- -- -- could be.
And the quality of life it weather what it should have been in and it because he was -- heavy smoker should read that helped contribute to it but you don't have to be a smoker to develop right exactly which is important for people to know.
And you know there there -- -- -- very little way to -- a little but this -- people don't know I think that's what blew me away.
When I found out that this is the statistics of it.
If they're more people who will die of from CO PD -- -- from mom -- breast cancer and and and diabetes combined.
Every year you think -- how can that be because we know so much more about the other diseases so.
My mission now that they help -- educated many people of that camp.
Before death number four cause of death the united -- Michael people look at you they they think give you a great role model for kids surely in good health obviously we've talked about this you never been a smoker we -- -- you once cheated at the age of seven behind the bushes but you're not -- -- -- -- parents.
I'm so impressed with the idea that you're out there telling people cause I think kids are out they're gonna say anybody can get sick of Michael Strahan is talking about emphysema and CU -- means anybody can get -- what do you think the connection is of a great athlete talking about illness like this.
Well my my job in my life have always been conditions are -- running ability to breathe very important.
-- this of -- a gum disease that you know your kids should know about you should know about used to get -- you can go to drive for cellular PV dot com.
And his drive for -- PDF comments myself -- dinner Patty Loveless and Danica Patrick we're trying to -- that much awareness that we can't -- -- this isn't a disease that does affect you.
What are your goals -- kids and it affects your family we just want people to take a five question screener with free it's quick.
To do see if you are acceptable to this disease because like after the company affect everyone and it's not kicking -- -- -- you can treat.
And you can really improve your -- And I can tell you is a practicing duck that that -- earlier I know about it the better I really will lean on you to stop smoking.
And we can get your treatments for before it that.
Debilitate -- -- your smoke and you can't breathe anymore what are some of the campaigns are doing Michael to get this to happen in addition to sending people to the web.
-- way we have big campaign New York in Times Square -- screening people the we have the we have an electronic screeners they -- -- -- it -- real quick tapped yet to -- quest to the prints out.
You -- you take it to your doctor does this he result.
You can go on the westside drive for CO PD dot com.
We kicked it off in Daytona last -- last year.
And down -- race suits and we're really -- -- fired up and myself.
Bruised arm patty and Danica and and even give -- at that point we all went through different route throughout the country.
To try to screen as many people as we could on -- drive before CO PD so we actually drove across country Mazen to get as many people as -- And I think you've had already had to have more than half a million people hunting -- -- some final thoughts Michael for our viewers out there about what they can take home and what they should be thinking about.
Well I think you should think about it if you were smoker if you weren't a -- -- over 35 if you have a family.
-- view we are having shortness of breath don't think is because you get an older.
You know that's not necessarily the case that could be some -- mostly CO PD which is bronchitis emphysema and things of that sort.
Go take the test drive for -- PV dot com it's easy it's quick it's free.
And improve your quality of your life and you do you look out for everybody -- your family because we have something like this I think the first and it puts a lot of pressure.
Thanks so much Michael to great pleasure to meet Jim person not just from the stands -- -- -- -- pleasure thanks for coming on thank you.
And if you have any further health questions email them to Dr.
Manny at Dr.
Manny at foxnews.com.
This is doctor Mark Siegel in productive -- today thanks for watching.
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