It is very difficult to predict an ‘average’ life expectancy. The life expectancy for COPD patients varies depending on a number of key factors including lung function, body mass index and exercise tolerance.
These characteristics are individual to each patient and such every case of COPD is different.
One thing is clear, knowing a diagnosis of COPD and starting the correct treatment is key to increasing life expectancy and quality of life. It is estimated millions of people are living unknowingly with this silent disease and not being started on the correct therapy.