If you have
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), you may
have little appetite or feel too tired to prepare and eat meals. But
eating regularly and eating healthy foods is important because food:
You can take simple steps to be sure you eat healthy foods
on a regular basis. But because people with COPD often have other health
problems that may restrict the foods they can eat, always talk with your doctor or a
registered dietitian before making changes in your
COPD may make
eating more difficult, especially if you:
COPD does not affect your eating
COPD affects your eating habits in many ways.
You may not have the energy to prepare or cook meals, or you may have no
interest in food, take medicines that reduce your appetite, or find it
difficult to eat because you are short of breath.
Continue to Why?
If you have COPD, eating regularly and eating healthy
foods is important because:
Eating regularly and eating healthy foods can help
prevent lung infections in people who have COPD.
Eating healthy foods regularly keeps your
immune system strong. A healthy immune system makes it easier to avoid and
Continue to How?
People with COPD often
have trouble preparing foods and eating. The following tips can make eating
easier and help you get necessary nutrition. But if you have other health
problems that may restrict the foods you can eat, talk with your doctor or a registered dietitian before making changes in your
If you have COPD, what you eat is not as important as
how much you eat.
If you have COPD, you need to eat enough food
and make good food choices. Some foods may make it more difficult to breathe
because they produce gas and bloat the abdomen. Other foods, such as candy bars
or soft drinks, can fill you up without providing good nutrition.
Continue to Where?
If you have COPD and are
worried about your weight, see your doctor or a registered
dietitian. He or she can help you plan a healthful diet.
are eating regularly and are losing weight, see your doctor.
For more information about healthy eating and nutrition,
see the topics:
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COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
February 19, 2013
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
& Ken Y. Yoneda, MD - Pulmonology
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