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What lifestyle changes can help with COPD?

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To help manage COPD:

  • Stop smoking.
  • Avoid smoke, fumes, dust, and air pollution.
  • Take medicine as directed.
  • Get regular checkups.
  • Learn breathing exercises.
  • Walk or do other light exercises several times a week.
  • Eat a healthy diet.
  • Try controlled coughing, lots of water, and using a humidifier to help clear your lungs.
  • Get emotional support through counseling or a support group.

SOURCES:

American Lung Association: "Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Fact Sheet."

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "COPD," "COPD: Learn More, Breathe Better."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)."

Journal of the American Medical Association: "Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease."

American Association for Respiratory Care: "Eating Right: Tips for the COPD Patient."

American Thoracic Society: "Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease."

COPD Foundation: “What is COPD?”

Mayo Clinic: “COPD.”

American Family Physician: “Roflumilast (Daliresp) for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on September 25, 2019

SOURCES:

American Lung Association: "Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Fact Sheet."

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "COPD," "COPD: Learn More, Breathe Better."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)."

Journal of the American Medical Association: "Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease."

American Association for Respiratory Care: "Eating Right: Tips for the COPD Patient."

American Thoracic Society: "Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease."

COPD Foundation: “What is COPD?”

Mayo Clinic: “COPD.”

American Family Physician: “Roflumilast (Daliresp) for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on September 25, 2019

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