Unplanned COPD Weight Loss Causes & How to Eat More Calories
Individuals with COPD often feel anxiety or depression. Both of these feelings can cause decreased appetite. It has been estimated that as many as 50 percent of people diagnosed with COPD have clinical depression at some point. Often times, people''s moods are affected by the changes their disease has created in their lives. These can be changes in the work place and at home. And there can be changes even in the ability to take care of oneself.
So for many people with COPD, weight loss can become a vicious cycle. The less they eat, the less they feel like eating.
Malnutrition is a Serious Issue
Diet changes alone may not be enough in cases where the COPD patient is very malnourished. The doctor may consider supplemental nutrition given through a tube placed in the stomach or bowel. If you feel your nutritional status has declined to a dangerous point it is urgent that you have a frank talk with your doctor.