COPD: Did You Know?

COPD or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is a respiratory disease that affects an estimated 1.3 million Americans in a year. It’s also the 3rd leading cause of death. America loses approximately $42.6 billion annually in health care costs and lost productivity. A good way to cut down on your COPD drug bills is to opt for Symbicort’s generic version Budesonide–Formoterol, which is significantly cheaper than the branded COPD drug.

Whether you’ve been diagnosed with COPD recently or have been a long time sufferer- it’s always good to support your medication regime by eating right. Recent research has shown that COPD is aggravated by certain oils & foods. Though weight loss is a symptom of COPD, overweight sufferers’ internal organs exert more effort to produce sufficient oxygen. Eating a nutritious & balanced diet helps alleviate those suffocating symptoms.

  • Veggies rich in antioxidants are good for the lungs. Load your plate with leafy green vegetables like cauliflower, Kale, cabbage, broccoli & give your lungs a breather.
  • Vitamin C boosts lung function- Snack of Vitamin C rich fruits like Oranges, cantaloupe, grapefruit & Kiwi.
  • Hydrate your lungs- Drinking at least 6 -8 glasses of water in a day helps your lungs keep from drying out, getting inflamed & irritated.
  • Fish- Fatty fish are a good source of Omega- 3 acids that boost pulmonary health. Make salmon, Bluefin Tuna, anchovies & sardines part of your dinner menu once or twice a week.
  • Fats over Carbs- Carbohydrates, fats & proteins are the 3 main sources of energy for your body. They use different quantities of oxygen to metabolize & produce carbon dioxide. Carbs use a lot more oxygen & create more carbon dioxide. Fats use less oxygen to metabolize & produce less oxygen. You may find that eating less carbs & including more fats helps improve your symptoms.
  • Small Portions- Eating small meals spread through the day helps you digest food easily & maintains your energy throughout the day. The excess food in the stomach doesn’t press up against the diaphragm making breathing difficult.
  • Sodium- Excess sodium or salt leads to water retention in the body causing the lungs to work overtime. When you substitute salt with other seasonings, you can reduce your salt intake & breathe a little easier.
  • Exercise- Though you may not be able to withstand a heavy workout session- it’s important you consult with your doctor & go on a mild exercise regime. Cardiovascular & lung health are closely linked. It’s important to maintain a healthy weight level & maintain your lung capacity.

COPD can be a manageable disease & if you work closely with your doctor & take your medications without skipping them- you will be able to enjoy a vastly improved quality of life. Budesonide–Formoterol- the generic prescription drug is much cheaper than the branded COPD drug, allowing you to maintain your medication schedule.

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