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Oxygen Saturation Levels: What Do They Mean, and What Can You Do?

20 Jan 2018
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Oxygen Saturation Levels: What Do They Mean, and What Can You Do?

Understanding your oxygen saturation levels is the key to better respiratory health. 

When it comes to living with a chronic lung disease such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pulmonary fibrosis or emphysema, understanding one’s disease and all the metrics that influence it are critical to managing one’s health. These metrics can be lung function, lung capacity and blood oxygen saturation levels.

So, what does blood oxygen saturation actually mean? In short, blood oxygen saturation is the amount of oxygen within a blood cell. The importance of this concept rests on the fact that higher levels of blood cell oxygen saturation will ultimately permit easier breathing and reduced shortness of breath. Though the symptoms of COPD and other lung diseases can be addressed through a variety of natural treatment options, understanding one’s personal health is imperative to health management and decision making moving forward.

With your health in mind, the Lung Institute is here to give you the information you need on Oxygen Saturation Levels: What Do They Mean, and What Can You Do?

Oxygen Saturation Levels: What Are They?

As we mentioned, oxygen saturation levels are the amount of oxygen your blood cells retain. To put this in perspective, imagine a subway network. The tunnels are your veins, the subway train is your blood, the individual cars are your blood cells and the people inside are oxygen. As the subway train travels from station to station spreading oxygen throughout the body, oxygen saturation represents the amount of oxygen (in this case people) that are within each car.

Under the best case scenario, each individual car is packed full of people. However, for those with COPD and other lung diseases, these cars can be a bit lighter than normal, or perhaps some of the cars are empty. In this sense, oxygen saturation levels show how efficiently your body is utilizing oxygen and can be used to give insight on its delivery throughout the body.

What Do Oxygen Saturation Levels Mean?

Oxygen Saturation Levels: What Do They Mean, and What Can You Do?

As a predictor of how oxygen-rich your blood cells are, oxygen saturation can be a key identifier in your respiratory health. This data can be instrumental in determining when to get help as the oxygen saturation level (measured as SpO2 or SaO2) can serve as a direct comparison to more standard, healthier saturation levels.

What Can You Do About Oxygen Saturation Levels?

Although a low blood oxygen level can have varying effects on your health, it is possible to improve your blood oxygen levels through direct means. For starters, the use of supplemental oxygen can temporarily have an effect on oxygenating your blood cells to improve their capacity to retain oxygen. Further still, the foods you consume can have a significant effect on increasing the available oxygen your blood cells can use. By making subtle changes to your diet, improving your body through exercise and using supplemental oxygen when needed, it’s possible to lift your blood oxygen levels and ultimately reduce feelings of shortness of breath.

Although your blood oxygen saturation levels are directly correlated with your feelings of shortness of breath, immediate treatment is critical to slowing the progression of the disease itself while bringing symptom relief. Although traditional treatment options and surgery can address disease symptoms and disease progression, they are not without their risks. While cellular therapy is novel in its use, it has shown significant effects in treating symptoms as well as disease progression, serving as a natural alternative with nearly zero adverse side effects.

Moving Forward

Oxygen Saturation Levels: What Do They Mean, and What Can You Do?

The best treatment for COPD is knowledge and prevention. Though COPD can seem impossible to overcome, new discoveries are being made every day in the field of cellular research. Changing one’s diet and consistently exercising are among the best lifestyle changes one can do aside from quitting smoking. When lifestyle changes fail to improve your quality of life in the way that you may expect, it may be time to consider cellular therapy. Cellular therapy may directly affect disease progression and may improve quality of life and pulmonary function. For people with lung disease, a change in quality of life could mean the difference between missing your grandchild’s graduation and standing in the front-row.

If you or a loved one suffers from a chronic disease like ILD, COPD, pulmonary fibrosis or other symptoms of lung disease, the Lung Institute may be able to help with a variety of adult cellular therapy options. Contact us today at (800) 729-3065 to see if you qualify for cellular therapy, and find out what cellular therapy could mean for you.

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