COPD

  • The Best COPD Diet for 2019

    When you or a loved one suffers from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), you want to do everything you can to ease the symptoms.

    Inhalers, steroids and other medications, as well as oxygen therapy, are all potential treatments for these diseases, but there are other things you can adjust to better your life with COPD, including changing your diet.

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  • 5 Helpful COPD Breathing Exercises - Breathing Exercises COPD

    When you have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), breathing exercises are an important way to maintain your quality of life, extend your ability to exercise, and stay calm during an acute exacerbation.

    With COPD, breathing can be a challenge for the following reasons:

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  • Do You Have COPD? Here Are the Early Warning Signs

    Have you ever wondered if you have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)? Maybe someone in your family has been diagnosed with COPD. Alternatively, perhaps you have a long history of smoking, and you are now starting to notice changes in your breathing.

    In the United States alone, there is estimated to be 12 million people who have COPD—but do not know they have COPD. That means there are 12 million people who are probably noticing changes in their breathing but have not been evaluated by a physician.

    If you think you have COPD, we will discuss some of the early warning signs and how a physician would test for it.

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  • COPD in Elderly Patients: Here is What to Expect

    Elderly patients experience some additional challenges when it comes to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The disease process of COPD brings new obstacles with breathing and maintaining normal oxygen levels. However, additional issues with aging like deconditioning and malnutrition also play a significant role in the overall management of the disease.

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  • Top 2 Breathing Techniques for COPD

    Are you ready for all of the fun activities in 2018? If you suffer from COPD or other lung/breathing related illnesses you may notice that with the cold weather and with increased physical activity your breathing isn’t as easy as it should be. Luckily we’ve put together two simple and easy to follow techniques to keep you breathing easy and relaxed!

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  • Diet Tips and Nutrition Guide for People with COPD

    Living with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) can be challenging, and it is important to engage in good eating habits, balancing your nutrition, and maintaining a healthy weight. If you’ve been diagnosed with COPD, your doctor has probably already told you all this information but not necessarily given you tips or advice on how to get there.

    Dealing with COPD and managing your diet and weight doesn’t have to be difficult. If you’re overweight, your doctor may have recommended you lose weight so you can breathe easier. With that in mind, it’s also crucial not to lose too much weight. Being underweight is not healthy for COPD patients because it results in lower energy levels and poorer prognosis.

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  • Living with COPD - Things to Consider

    It’s likely you or someone you know has been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD. More than 15.7 million people in the United States [1] have been diagnosed with COPD and an estimated 24 million people may have the disease without even knowing it.

    COPD is a lung disease that makes breathing difficult and is most often caused by damage to the lungs that has occurred over a long period of time. Luckily, there are treatments your doctor can prescribe and simple steps you can follow to help you manage your symptoms, feel better, and continue living your life!
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  • Maintaining a Healthy Diet for COPD Patients

    If you have COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), you know how difficult everyday tasks can be. Having trouble breathing can be exhausting, and not having enough oxygen in your body leads to fatigue. While you still need to take the medication your doctor prescribes you; you can look into other health and diet tips for COPD patients.

    One thing you can do that can make a big difference in how you feel, is changing your diet. People who have COPD should be eating a particular diet to have more energy in smaller quantities. With COPD you may have found yourself getting full much quicker, and getting tired while you're trying to eat, which means you're not finishing meals leaving you without the calories you need to stay active.

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  • Breathing Techniques and Exercises for COPD Patients

    There are two different breathing techniques you can use to help get more air. They will even help you to relax when you start to tense up, especially when you are starting to have trouble breathing. You should talk to your doctor before trying these breathing techniques, to see if they are right for you.

    It can be a vicious cycle when you start to have a hard time breathing. It can cause you to feel anxious, which only makes it worse. Also, you'll avoid activities that make your feel breathless, which can be as simple as walking slowly around the house.

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  • How Smoking Can Cause Other Diseases Besides COPD

    Smoking remains the leading cause of preventable deaths in the United States. The results of a 2009 study published in JAMA Internal Medicine making it even more clear. Based on the numbers and what experts already know, the numbers could very well be even higher. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) keeps a close eye and reports their estimates of tobacco-related deaths, as well as views of the total economic cost. The one view that they pay considerably less attention to is the overall health burden it puts on the large part of the population that smokes.

    The CDC's estimates in 2000 reported that the total number of medical conditions caused by smoking was 12.7 million – out of 8.6 million people. That means that some of those 8.6 million people had multiple diseases attributable to smoking.

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