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COPD, Asthma, and YOU: Quick and Healthy Meals

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In the face of walls of processed foods at the supermarket, it is difficult to maintain a healthy diet. And yet, if you have COPD or care for someone who does, you know how much what you eat affects your health and well-being. But you might not have the energy or time to prepare your meals from scratch. Here are some suggestions to help you avoid the trap of resorting to processed foods.   Before we go any further, we need to remind you to consult with your doctor about your diet, especially about any special requirements in relation to your condition or medications. For specific meal preparation guidelines, consider consulting a registered dietician...

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COPD, Asthma, and YOU: Quick and Healthy Meals

COPD, Asthma, and YOU: Bacteria Linked to COPD Exacerbations

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Anyone who lives with COPD (emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and refractory asthma) wants to avoid exacerbations (severe attacks of coughing, increased mucus, and difficulty breathing) that lead to emergency room visits or hospitalization. These events are not only uncomfortable, but they also interrupt daily life up to 8 weeks or more. Even then, patients might not recover their former level of respiratory functioning.  During the past 20 years, clinical research has shown that three bacteria—non‐typeable Haemophilus influenzae (NTHi), Moraxella catarrhalis (Mcat), and Streptococcus pneumoniae—are strongly linked to COPD exacerbations. The first two, together, cause at 50-80% of acute attacks. Persons with COPD and those who care for them could benefit from understanding this process which lies at...

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COPD, Asthma, and YOU: Bacteria Linked to COPD Exacerbations

COPD, Asthma, and You: Care for Caregivers

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As a caregiver for someone with COPD, you know that your role is vital and challenging. You probably received guidance from a relevant health care provider, but that might not have included care for caregivers. While not offering any medical advice, we want to help by mentioning a few ways to handle your many duties more easily and to take care of yourself in the process.  Caring for Someone with COPD  As a non-medical caregiver, you contribute much to your loved one. Most often, you are responsible for daily care at home for a relative, spouse, or friend with COPD. Your duties might include   monitoring your patient’s general health  supervising and perhaps administering medications ...

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COPD, Asthma, and You: Care for Caregivers

COPD, Asthma, and You: The Silent Deficiency That Could Harm You

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You might have a silent deficiency that could harm you especially if you have COPD or asthma. Moreover, it is sometimes overlooked by doctors and other health care providers. According to recent research, insufficient levels of vitamin D can lead to severe exacerbations more frequently for people who have COPD or asthma. Luckily, medical professionals understand the causes of vitamin D deficiency and how to manage it as we discuss below. Causes of Vitamin D Deficiency Getting enough vitamin D from sunlight can be hard for many of us. Winter months mean less sunlight. Sometimes, the climate where we live...

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COPD, Asthma, and You: The Silent Deficiency That Could Harm You

COPD, Asthma, and You: How Diet Can Make a Difference

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If you have COPD, you might be surprised that your diet can improve your ability to breathe. What a healthy diet includes, however, varies according to the type of breathing disorder you have and your individual circumstances including your weight, other health issues, and medications that you take. Two Major Types of COPD COPD includes two major types of progressive lung disease: emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Smoking, currently or in the past, is the leading cause of COPD. Other causes include environmental factors such as prolonged contact with asbestos or harmful chemicals and genetic factors that increase sensitivities to various...

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COPD, Asthma, and You:  How Diet Can Make a Difference