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  • 10 Healthy Foods for Living with COPD

    People with COPD burn more calories each day than people without COPD. It's recommended that you should try to take in around 3,000 calories a day (a healthy person needs 2,000 or less), if you have COPD and are underweight. The muscles you use to breathe with have to work harder when you have COPD. That means you burn a lot more calories. This also means you'll feel tired quicker, and if you don't take in enough calories, you won't have enough energy for anything, let alone breathing.

    You will also tend to feel fuller sooner, because your lungs have been damaged and expanded, taking up more room in your abdomen. This is why it's recommended that people with COPD have six "mini meals" instead of 3 large meals a day. This will prevent you from getting tired while trying to eat a large meal.

    Here are 10 healthy foods for people living with COPD.

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  • April is Sarcoidosis Awareness Month: Facts About Sarcoidosis

    Sarcoidosis is an autoimmune disease that affects a small portion of the population, and not much is known about why it occurs. It's characterized by small clusters that can form in the body as an overactive response from the immune system. The body's immune system attacks healthy cells in the body, and the reason for this response is still unknown. However, there are a few things you should know about this disease.

    Sarcoidosis can afflict different parts of the body, including the eyes, lungs, brain and kidneys.

    The Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research has named April Sarcoidosis Awareness Month, to put some focus on this mysterious disease. Like COPD, the symptoms for sarcoidosis can be very subtle and can either be completely overlooked and go undiagnosed, or mistaken for other conditions. What should you watch out for, and when should you go see a doctor?

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  • Late COPD Patient Leonard Nimoy Urged People to Quit Smoking

    You may have heard the sad news recently about actor Leonard Nimoy's passing. The man who was widely known as playing the Star Trek character, Mr. Spock, was diagnosed with COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) and died from complications of the disease on February 27th, 2015.

    He used his fame to spread the message about the disease, raise awareness of the severity of COPD, and urged his fans and followers on Twitter to stop smoking. He went public with his diagnosis on the social network in January 2014, and had this to say:

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  • Medical Research Discovers COPD, Asthma and Cancers Share Common Gene

    Around 20 years ago, a gene was discovered by medical scientists that until recently, has been misclassified, and more recent studies shed more light on it. Researchers from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis published the findings of their study in eLife, an online medical publication. This gene was found to be a common link between asthma and COPD and a few different kinds of cancer.

    On the surface, these diseases have some things in common. Shortness of breath, wheezing the inflammation of the lungs and excess mucus production in the lungs. The thing these have in common with this gene, in particular, is mucus production.

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  • 8 Breathing Tips for COPD Patients

    Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD symptoms such as coughing, shortness of breath and wheezing can make the simplest daily tasks difficult. By changing some daily habits and behaviors eat healthy and staying active you can you breathe easier. Here are 8 Tips for people with COPD can do for better breathing.

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  • Is the Transcend Portable Auto CPAP Machine Right for You?

    You shouldn't be suffering with sleep apnea, just because you don't want to be burdened by a machine designed to help you breathe while you sleep. Sleep apnea has some severe effects on you while you are awake – headaches, fatigue and a lowered immune system from not getting enough oxygen while you're sleeping, as well as being unable to stay in a deep level of sleep. Other long term effects are even more serious – a much higher risk of heart failure, stroke and heart attacks.

    There is one more reason you shouldn't be intimidated by using a CPAP machine – the new smallest, quietest, most portable and smartest of the Auto CPAP machines – the Transcend Auto. This amazing new CPAP technology features an easier way to record your breath rates, as well as makes using a CPAP machine much more easy to get used to.

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  • Can EPOC Cause Weight Loss?

    Your metabolism describes how your body uses energy to do everything it needs to do to stay alive, and function to keep us healthy. The energy is burned in the form of calories. Your metabolic rate is the rate at which your body burns calories.

    You might have heard some people say that they have a "fast metabolism", and they can eat a lot without gaining weight. Someone might also have a slow metabolism, and gain weight easily. This can be the case for different people, but your metabolic rate can change. You can in fact speed up your metabolism with certain types of exercise.

    Your metabolic rate actually changes throughout the day, depending on the foods you eat, what time of the day it is and your physical activity. You can even burn more calories for hours after your workout, in a process called “excess post-exercise oxygen consumption”, which can go on usually for up to 13 hours post workout.

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  • Portable Oxygen Therapy Options in 2015

    If you need oxygen therapy, and you can't be bothered with sitting still for extended periods of time, you have a few different options for portable oxygen therapy. Which type of portable oxygen you choose depends on your lifestyle, your dosage needs, and what you can afford.

    In 2015, you have more great options than you would have had in the past, as well as great deals and medical coverage on the things you'll need. Below is a list of the types of portable oxygen therapy equipment available right now. There is also a description of each one and how one might be more suitable for you than another.

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  • February is American Heart Health Month

    February isn't just all about red plastic heart decorations for Valentines Day. It's also a great month to raise awareness about heart health and prevent heart disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease is the number one leading cause of death in Americans. That's more deaths than those caused by cancer, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

    February means cold weather for many in the US, and that means many people stay indoors, get less physical activity, and we tend to want to eat more of the things that aren't exactly healthy for us. Chocolate and wine are good for you in moderation (we'll tell you more about that!), but many of the "comfort foods" we tend to gravitate toward can be very unhealthy, and bad for our hearts.

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  • Recap of the COPD Community Education Workshop in Denver

    On September 3, 2014, a hundred plus attendees came to the Sheraton Downtown Denver to learn about wellness and COPD. This was also an entertaining and fun event, not just an educational one, with live music and fun ways to exercise. People who were affected by COPD in many different ways, patients, family members of patients and caregivers in the community came to learn about COPD.

    This was actually a precursor event to the gathering of the American Association for Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) conference, which happens each year. However, this was the first time that patients were able to come to a session of this conference.

    The AACVPR is made up of the people who work in cardiac and pulmonary rehabs in the United States, and in other countries. The COPD Community Education Workshop was put on by the COPD Foundation, Colorado's Pulmonary Education Program (PEP) Pulmonary Rehab centers, Denver-area Pulmonary Rehab programs and the AACVPR.

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