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Study States Smokers With Wrinkled Faces More Easily Prone To COPD

genetic susceptibility to COPD. Stating that this research clearly shows that those people who are prone to COPD are also prone to wrinkles, he explained that if there is a gene that could cause the development of COPD then there should also be a gene for developing wrinkles.

Dr Patel stated that wrinkles could be seen as a sign that someone was at increased risk of developing COPD. Professor Chris Griffiths, of the University of Manchester and a spokesman for the British Skin Foundation said that it is well documented that smoking is linked to skin wrinkling, and this is associated with smoking-induced stimulation of enzymes that break down collagen and elastic tissue in the skin.

He explained that the chronic lung condition, emphysema is also associated with loss of elasticity in the lungs and is equivalent to wrinkling in the skin. He further stated that it would be interesting thought for the scientific community to speculate that the susceptibility to sun induced skin wrinkles and the presence of emphysema are determined by similar mechanisms.

Dr Richard Russell of the British Thoracic Society said that it was crucial to have an early diagnosis. He further stated that they should encourage smokers, GPs and nurses to look out for any signs of premature heavy wrinkling in addition to the other symptoms of COPD such as persistent smokers cough and breathlessness.

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