COPD can also result from a rare genetic disorder that causes low levels of a protein called Alpha-1 antitrypsin. And it's called Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency. It's also known as Alpha-1. This condition is inherited from your parents. In addition to severe lung disease, Alpha-1 can also cause liver disease. A simple blood test can show if you have Alpha-1.
If you are over the age of 35, take the brief, five-question screener to assess your risk and learn what you can do.
If you are under the age of 35, you can still help! Share the risk screener with your friends, family and colleagues. The screener only takes a couple of minutes to complete. With 24 million Americans affected, there is a good chance you or someone you may know may be at risk for the disease.