Just a couple of months ago, it was the most feared respiratory infection on the planet.
It was the one hospitals worried about…
The one our doctors warned us of…
The one we all hoped to NEVER get…
And the one that claimed the lives of so many friends and loved ones over the years, killing nearly 50,000 Americans annually.
Today, pneumonia has taken a back seat to the COVID-19 coronavirus infections that have claimed more than 60,000 American lives in a matter of weeks.
But new research shows why we have to keep taking pneumonia just as seriously.
It’s even DEADLIER than we thought!
Fortunately, we’ve got one advantage with pneumonia: Unlike the coronavirus, we’ve got ways to STOP it… including a few of my own all-natural tips that can protect you and your loved ones from this dangerous infection.
How pneumonia became a LEADING killer of America’s seniors
Here’s what many folks don’t realize about pneumonia: Just because you’re home from the hospital doesn’t mean you’re out of the woods.
This is a NASTY infection that leaves behind lasting damage, including a compromised immune system, lingering respiratory problems and more, which can lead to increased risk long after you’re discharged.
The new study exposes those lingering risks by comparing pneumonia to another notorious long-term killer: hip fracture.
One in five seniors die in the year after a hip fracture, or about triple the risk of the general population at that age.
And that risk remains elevated for years.
But for pneumonia it’s even worse… much worse… and not just in those initial days in the hospital, when you’d think the condition would be at its deadliest.
In the new study, seniors discharged AFTER pneumonia hospitalization were 80 percent more likely to die over the next two years when compared to older folks discharged after a hip fracture.
But there are two steps you can take to protect against pneumonia.
First, make sure you’re getting the right zinc levels.
A 2010 study of seniors found this essential immune-boosting mineral will cut the risk of pneumonia in half. Nothing crazy, mind you, just normal levels… but that’s the rub: Studies show that 40 percent of seniors DON’T hit normal levels from diet alone.
You’ll find it in shellfish, dairy, seeds and even dark chocolate.
And second, boost your vitamin D levels.
One study found that older folks with low levels of the sunshine vitamin had more than 2.5 times the pneumonia risk of folks with the highest.
Want even more protection? I’ve got a bonus step… and it’s not something you CAN do.
It’s something you SHOULDN’T do.
Beware of proton pump inhibitors, which are overprescribed!
PPI drugs given for acid reflux can increase the risk of serious and deadly infections, including pneumonia. One study found PPIs can increase pneumonia risk by 55 percent.
Work with your doctor to control acid naturally instead with changes to your diet and supplements such as DGL and digestive enzymes. Also, simply normalizing bodyweight decreases intra-abdominal pressure, which can often on its own eliminate acid reflex.