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What lifestyle changes can help with emphysema?

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Emphysema isn't curable or reversible. But you can slow its progress and ease your symptoms.

  • Quit smoking. It's the No. 1 cause of emphysema, and quitting is the single best step you can take.
  • Breathe smarter. You can learn to breathe with pulmonary rehabilitation therapy. You follow a set of breathing techniques and physical exercises to lessen breathlessness and boost your stamina.
  • Get to a healthy weight.

Reviewed by Paul Boyce on November 05, 2019

Medically Reviewed on 11/05/2019

SOURCES:

American Lung Association: “Nutrition and COPD.”

CDC: “Spirometry Reference Value Calculator.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Nutritional Guidelines for People with COPD,” “Emphysema.”

Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease: “Global Report on The Diagnosis, Management, And Prevention of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: 2019 Report.”

Harvard Health Publishing: “Emphysema.”

Mayo Clinic: “Emphysema,” “Spirometry.”

NIH News in Health: “Oxygen Therapy for Patients with COPD.”

UpToDate: “Multidimensional assessment of COPD,” “Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: Definition, clinical manifestations, diagnosis, and staging.”

Johns Hopkins University: “Emphysema.”

Reviewed by Paul Boyce on November 05, 2019

SOURCES:

American Lung Association: “Nutrition and COPD.”

CDC: “Spirometry Reference Value Calculator.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Nutritional Guidelines for People with COPD,” “Emphysema.”

Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease: “Global Report on The Diagnosis, Management, And Prevention of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: 2019 Report.”

Harvard Health Publishing: “Emphysema.”

Mayo Clinic: “Emphysema,” “Spirometry.”

NIH News in Health: “Oxygen Therapy for Patients with COPD.”

UpToDate: “Multidimensional assessment of COPD,” “Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: Definition, clinical manifestations, diagnosis, and staging.”

Johns Hopkins University: “Emphysema.”

Reviewed by Paul Boyce on November 05, 2019

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