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COPD: Tracking Diet and Treatments

    To live well with COPD, you need to actively participate in the management of your condition. One way to help your doctor is to monitor your COPD symptoms, diet and exercise daily.

    Keeping a daily written log may help you recognize a COPD exacerbation at its onset. You’ll notice it when shortness of breath, cough, and other COPD symptoms suddenly worsen. This may allow you to seek medical treatment when treatment early when it is most effective and possibly prevent hospitalization. 

    With early recognition of a change in respiratory symptoms and proper medical treatment under the care of a medical professional, a person with COPD can learn to self-manage these symptoms.

    It is also important to follow a healthy, balanced diet when you have COPD to prevent being overweight, which can worsen shortness of breath or, even worse, underweight, which is associated with a poorer prognosis. Your doctor or a nutritionist can suggest healthy food choices for you.

    Pulmonary rehabilitation exercises, especially lower extremity aerobic exercise, have been shown to improve functional status and quality of life.  Consult your doctor before engaging in an exercise regimen.

    DAILY COPD LOG

     
    Mon
    TuesWedsThursFriSat
    Sun

    Symptoms

    Cough

    Shortness of breath

    Increase in mucus

    Fatigue

     
         
     

    Diet

    Breakfast

    Lunch

    Dinner

           

    Daily Activities

    Errands

    Household Chores

    Leisure

           

    Exercise

    Conditioning

    Stretching

           

    Drug 1

    Dosage

           
           

    Drug 2

    Dosage

           
           

    Drug 3

    Dosage

           
           

     

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Lisa B. Bernstein, MD on October 13, 2014
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