A challenging condition to manage, COPD can cause multiple issues when it comes to personal health and prove a constant concern for many individuals. With the threat posed by Covid 19, many sufferers are taking active steps to help better manage their condition and reduce the impact on their daily routine and leisure time – with weight loss proving to be a popular choice for sufferers looking to better manage their condition.
So, what exactly is COPD and can managing your weight and fitness bring benefits?
What is COPD?
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a type of obstructive lung disease that involves long-term issues such as reduced airflow, breathing problems, and susceptibility to infection. This takes the form of reduced lung capacity, shortness of breath, or other specific issues.
A progressive disease, symptoms gradually worsen over time until reduced oxygen levels and respiratory problems make everyday tasks challenging. Sadly, there is no cure for the condition and management is the most effective form of treatment after taking steps to reduce your chance of receiving a diagnosis.
Diagnoses are made by professionals and validated by spo2 sensors, which can also play a role when it comes to monitoring a patient’s daily health.
Can weight loss help?
Weight management lies at the heart of managing COPD and should be approached carefully by those with the condition. If the disease is initially diagnosed, working to remove elements from your life that can make the condition worse is critical – primarily the cessation of smoking, improving diet, getting fresh air and more.
However, weight loss is a common side effect of severe COPD as a lack of exercise and difficult moving takes its toll. In extreme cases, the lugs inflame and flatten the body’s diaphragm. This can lead the stomach to be flattened by the lungs, leading to irritation and reduced diet. As a result, the body bloats and leads to indigestion, reflux, and other uncomfortable issues.
This makes weight management more important than weight loss. This can be helped by undertaking low-impact exercise such as swimming and walking. This can be bolstered by stripping fatty, spicy, or salty foods out of your diet alongside avoiding stimulants such as salty, fried, or caffeinated products.
No matter your situation, it is vital to pay attention to your doctor’s advice and take every step possible to ensure that you make the right choice when it comes to your personal health.
What else can I do?
Once contracted, the disease can be treated but not remedied. This makes it essential to confirm if there are any incidences of COPD in your family and take action to remove yourself from situations that invoke risk or actively irritate your lungs.
If you are suffering from COPD, it can be helpful to eat smaller meals throughout the day and source healthy, high-calorie alternatives to give you the energy you need to function. Taking the time to care for your health can quickly embed long-term best practice and potentially help reduce any complications further down the road.