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How can you monitor and maintain a healthy weight if you have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)?

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To help monitor and maintain a healthy weight if you have COPD:

  • Weigh yourself once or twice a week, or as often as your doctor suggests. If you take water pills, called diuretics, you should weigh yourself every day.
  • Contact your doctor if you gain or lose 2 pounds in one day or 5 pounds in one week.
  • Make changes in your diet under the guidance of a health care provider.
  • If you need to lose weight, ask about special exercises that may also strengthen your chest muscles.

From: COPD and Your Diet WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: Cleveland Clinic: "Nutritional Guidelines for People With COPD." American Association for Respiratory Care: "Eating Right: Tips for the COPD Patient." National Institutes of Health: "A Meaty, Salty, Starchy Diet May Impact Chronic Lung Disease." Medscape: "Omega-3 Fatty Acids May Improve Lung Function in COPD." University of Alabama: "Nutrition and COPD."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on November 20, 2017

SOURCES: Cleveland Clinic: "Nutritional Guidelines for People With COPD." American Association for Respiratory Care: "Eating Right: Tips for the COPD Patient." National Institutes of Health: "A Meaty, Salty, Starchy Diet May Impact Chronic Lung Disease." Medscape: "Omega-3 Fatty Acids May Improve Lung Function in COPD." University of Alabama: "Nutrition and COPD."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on November 20, 2017

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