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Respiratory Disease / COPD

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a lung / respiratory disease in which the airways narrow, causing shortness of breath and decreased exercise capacity.

Keeping active is important for people with COPD but this can be difficult because of shortness of breath. Even eating and drinking can be hard because of irregular breathing when chewing, feeling full quickly or from a poor appetite. The body needs extra energy and nutrients to cope with the extra effort of breathing and fighting off infections, which are common with COPD. So it is easy to see how people with COPD often lose weight without meaning to.

Being underweight is not good for health and it can affect how the body copes with COPD. Getting the right nutrition is important to meet the body’s extra needs. Eating small frequent meals and snacks may help. Extra nutrition in the form of high energy oral nutritional supplements can help, particularly if they are packed with energy and nutrients in a small amount.

A dietitian can offer individually tailored advice, but any health professional should watch out for the signs of weight loss and undernutrition and make sure that action is taken to make sure patients get the advice and nutrition support they need to address this.


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