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

    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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  • 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 Cold Air Can Trigger a COPD Flare Up

    You probably already know that changes in the weather, as well as extreme temperatures can contribute to a COPD flare up. This is a generalization, as some people are more affected by wet weather, very humid or scorching weather, while others are worse during the cold months.

    Since winter is on its way in the Northern Hemisphere, we're going to cover precisely why and how cold air can cause a COPD flare-up. There are also ways to avoid having problems if you have to leave the house during a cold snap because unfortunately, no one can hibernate and avoid winter altogether.

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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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  • New Inhaler to Improve Quality of Life in COPD Patients

    The FDA has recently approved a new inhaler, Boehringer Ingelheim's STIOLTO RESPIMAT, which is being found to improve quality of life in those with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

    This chronic lung disease is associated with shortness of breath and increased production of mucus in the lungs. If not kept under control and monitored, COPD can quickly progress and become fatal. Many people with COPD need to use oxygen therapy, in addition to other medication.

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