Managing obesity with COPD – Dr. Koppu Dhana Murthy
It’s important to manage your weight when you have COPD and obesity. Addressing both conditions can help you feel much better and improve your prognosis and quality of life.
Here are steps you can take to help manage both conditions.
Quit smoking. If you’re a smoker, the best thing you can do is quit. Also, avoid secondhand smoke and air pollution. If you need help, make a plan with your healthcare team.
Choose the right treatments. COPD treatment options include medications, breathing exercises, and other interventions. You’ll need to work with your doctor or healthcare team to choose the right combination for you. Good and consistent medical care is extremely important.
Eat a healthy diet. Reduce Carbohydrates and increase proteins in your diet. it can help you effectively manage your weight and breathe better. The American Lung Association recommends eating more whole grains, fruits, lean meats, and certain types of fats. You should avoid fatty meat, saturated fats, and simple carbohydrates.
Be physically active. Exercise can help you manage your weight and COPD symptoms. If you don’t know where to start, walking can work for you regardless of your BMI. Resistance training can help you improve your body composition.