Some people with severe
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)—especially those with
emphysema—may be underweight and malnourished.
- People with COPD often lose weight. When you
lose weight, you lose muscle mass, including the muscles that help you breathe.
This may make breathing more difficult.
- Some people
with COPD weigh too little for good health. It's dangerous to become very
underweight. It may affect how long you are expected to live.1
- To avoid losing weight and muscle mass, you
generally need to eat more foods containing fat and protein. Because eating too
much fat and targeting certain nutrients (such as protein) may have health
risks, always consult with your doctor or a
registered dietitian before eating more of these foods
to gain weight.
How do I avoid weight loss in COPD?