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Lifestyle Changes

There are a number of lifestyle changes that will help you manage the symptoms of COPD, and they can have an untold benefit - both in the management of your symptoms and in your overall health. Some of the lifestyle changes your doctor will likely recommend are:

Quit Smoking

Quitting smoking is the most important lifestyle change people with COPD can make. It can have an immediate positive effect on your health, it will help your lungs function better and it can slow the progression of the disease. If you are having trouble quitting, ask your healthcare provider to help you.

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Exercise

Whether you have COPD or not, daily exercise is important to your overall health. Experts recommend that people with COPD develop a personal exercise routine and stick to it. However, it's important that you discuss an exercise routine with your healthcare provider before you start because the symptoms of COPD can be affected by certain types of exercise.

Eat a Healthy Diet

Eating a healthy, well-balanced diet is essential to good health. Although there isn't a specific diet for persons with COPD, there are some basic guidelines you should follow. Ask your healthcare provider to help you with a plan to improve your diet. You may also consider meeting with a nutrition expert or registered dietitian.

Contact Us

If you have or think you may have COPD, we urge you to seek treatment as soon as possible. If you don’t have a physician, and you’d like to make an appointment with someone who understands COPD and how to successfully manage it, you may do so by calling our Physician Referral Department at 1-877-926-4664. You may also request a first time appointment online.

Last UpdateApril 19, 2011
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