Society is ageing and chronic degenerative diseases including COPD are increasingly occurring together.
The critical question is whether certain diseases occur together by chance or are they occurring together because they share pathobiological commonalities and mechanisms? This leads to a series of practical consequences and questions
1. Which diseases are occurring concurrent with COPD more than chance alone would have it?
2. Are those diseases related to common pathobiological mechanisms?
3.Can we gain insight into those mechanisms and the early markers of the process?
4. Could we intervene early thus avoiding the ultimate development of concurrent co-morbidities?
5. Can these be identified in youth (early)