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    COPD: Avoiding Weight Loss

    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.
    • 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.

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    Primary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
    Specialist Medical ReviewerKen Y. Yoneda, MD - Pulmonology

    Current as ofSeptember 9, 2014

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    Last Updated: September 09, 2014
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