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Health Tips

Title: Exercise Needn't Be Extreme

Even moderate exercise brings real health benefits. Walking briskly for 20 minutes, three times a week has been shown to have a very positive effect. Such regular exercise will help to maintain muscle strength, bone density and lower overall cardiovascular risks. It will also make weight maintenance easier to achieve, particularly for diabetics.

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Fast Facts

Title: COPD Healthy Eating
Area: Pulmonary Medicine

  • Use medications that make breathing easier and/or clear your airways about 1 hour before eating.
  • Rest before eating if eating makes you short of breath or tired.
  • Eat while sitting up. This helps remove pressure on your lungs.
  • If you use oxygen, use it while eating. Eating and digestion require energy, which causes your body to use more oxygen.
  • Eat six small meals each day instead of three large ones so that your stomach is never extremely full. A full stomach can interfere with breathing by pushing on the diaphragm.
  • Eat and chew slowly so you are less likely to become short of breath. Try putting your spoon or fork down between bites to slow your eating speed.