COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) - Living With COPD
COPD can be
managed, although it cannot be cured at this time. When you manage COPD,
- Take steps to improve your ability to breathe.
- Eat well and stay active.
all you can about COPD.
- Get support from your family and
Quitting smoking is the most important
step you can take to prevent or slow damage to your lungs-it is never too late
to stop smoking.
There are clear benefits to quitting, even after
years of smoking. When you stop smoking, you slow down the damage to your
lungs. For most people who quit, loss of lung function is slowed to the same
rate as a nonsmoker's.
Although lung damage that already has
occurred does not reverse, quitting smoking can slow down how quickly your COPD
symptoms get worse.
One Man's Story:
"I tried to quit cold turkey, but after just a few days
I could tell that wasn't going to work. I realized that I needed to try
something else. So I tried the patch, and that made a big difference. I can
feel a difference in my breathing. And I feel hopeful that quitting will give
me a few more years on my feet."-Ned
Read more about how Ned quit smoking.
You may think that nothing can help you quit, but today
there are several treatments shown to be very good at helping people stop
smoking. They include:
You will double your chances of
quitting even if medicine is the only treatment you use to quit, but your odds
get even better when you combine medicine and other quit strategies, such as
For more information, see
Avoid shortness of breath
Do all you can to make
One Man's Story:
"There was a time when I couldn't take 10 steps without
running out of breath. Now I walk an hour around my neighborhood every
day-without needing my oxygen. I feel better than I have in years."-Cal
Find out how Cal was able to build up his strength.