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Preventing Weight Loss in COPD

Preventing Weight Loss in COPD Most of us find little to complain about when we lose a few pounds. In COPD, however, the mechanisms that cause weight loss – oftentimes breathing difficulties and energy depletion that interfere with eating a balanced diet – can lead to malnutrition, a common complication of the disease. The Risks […]

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Exploring the Connection Between Your Gut and Your Lungs

Exploring the Connection Between Your Gut and Your Lungs Research suggests that there’s an apparent, yet undefined link between your gut and your lungs. How are these two separate organ systems connected? That’s a good question but one that as of yet, has not been clearly answered. What scientists have come to realize is that […]

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5 Ways to Better Cope with COPD

5 Ways to Better Cope with COPD Shortness of breath – fatigue – mounds of mucus – when you were first diagnosed with COPD, you probably never dreamed the symptoms you were experiencing were related to lung disease. Nor did you expect to be so frightened. When the diagnosis finally sinks in – and it […]

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Do Oral Nutritional Supplements Lessen COPD Consequences?

Do Oral Nutritional Supplements Lessen COPD Consequences? Malnutrition is associated with a number of important health consequences in people with COPD, including a decline in lung and immune system function, strength, weight and body mass.  A recent study published in CHEST found that oral nutritional supplements may be an inexpensive way to reduce the length […]

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Should You Be Screened for Lung Cancer?

Should You Be Screened for Lung Cancer? Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death and the second most diagnosed cancer in the United States for both men and women.[1]  Although most lung cancers are caused by smoking, never-smokers can get it too.  Chest X-rays are not the most useful diagnostic tool for evaluating […]

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Good Oral Hygiene May Benefit Your Lungs

Good Oral Hygiene May Benefit Your Lungs Did you know that poor oral hygiene can affect your lungs? It’s true, having few remaining teeth, increased plaque, and practicing infrequent tooth brushing may be associated with worsening COPD symptoms.[1] What’s more, gum disease related to poor oral health and inadequate dental care may be associated with […]

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Overlap Syndrome: Understanding Sleep Apnea and COPD

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a serious sleep disorder that occurs in approximately 10 to 15% of all patients with COPD.[1] When OSA and COPD coexist, they are commonly coined as “overlap syndrome.” Sleep apnea is generally caused by an obstruction of the upper airway during sleep (OSA), but it can also be caused by […]

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