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Nutrition and Health…and COPD

  • By Jenn Patel

    This month, COPD.net is focusing on nutrition and health and how it impacts dealing with the condition! Discuss how food and health work together (or don’t!) in managing your COPD here.

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  • By Janet Plank Moderator

    It seems that every day, some are worried about needing to gain weight and needing to lose.

    Nutrition is so important, besides oxygen being fed to our bodies, food with it’s vitamins and minerals also are fed into our bodies. They help us to function, to be healthy as we can be, and keep not only our body fed, but also our organs. Your doctor may test you to see if your vitamin and mineral levels are where they need to be. If they are low, your doctor may put you on vitamin supplements.

    COPD bodies need strength, because for many, breathing burns up alot of calories. For these people, they struggle to maintain weight and sometimes go below 100 lbs. Muscle mass often goes too. For these people, they need to eat foods with nutrients as well as higher calories, such as eggs, peanut butter, almonds, cheese, lean meat and fish with omega 3, such as salmon are oilier and healthier. Cook in olive oil. Eat 6 times a day, that would likely be easier. You can add fruit, pudding, nuts, cheese and more. These are all healthy and can help you to provide nutrients to your body.

    For those who need to lose weight, and I do understand the struggle here; eat nutrious foods such as fruits and vegetables. Think green with the veggies. Do be careful not to overdo on the fruits, but they are so important. Stay away from the larger calories, avoid fried foods, chips, diet colas and sweets. Think lean meats, such as turkey, is good for you, and fish. Try cutting back on beef for one or two days a week. You too can eat smaller meals during the day and to include snacks.

    Drink water, that can’t be stressed enough.

    I hope you share your thoughts as well.

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  • By MSargent914

    When I was diagnosed with Type II diabetes in 2013 I immediately changed my diet. I gave away all canned, boxed and processed foods and only eat organic and all natural foods. You can tell if something is really Organic by the sticker on fruit and vegetables – if the sticker is a 5 digit number make sure the first number is 9. This guarantees they are actually organic.

    I also grow my own herbs and spices and dehydrate them. Much stronger and healthier than the mass produced herbs and spices purchased in little bottles.

    I am also lucky enough to live in the Heartland of America so I purchase real beef, chicken, eggs from ranches as well as real vegetables from other smaller farms. If you don’t live in the country take advantage of Farmers Markets. Eating real food has made me feel better

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  • By Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT Moderator

    Hi MSargent914 and thanks for sharing your experiences. It’s good to hear you’ve found a suitable diet that works so well for you. We’re glad to have you as part of our community.
    All the best,
    Leon (site moderator)

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  • By MSargent914

    Thank you Leon. I forgot to mention that after totally changing my diet I got my blood sugar down to normal in three months.

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  • By Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT Moderator

    It’s our pleasure MSargetn914. You’re a good and shining example of just how effective taking control of one’s diet can be for COPD. I’m sure others will read your story and be inspired to see what it can do for them. Keep up the good work! Warm regards,
    Leon (site moderator)

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    • By MSargent914

      Again, thank you Leon. I have sent your site to others in hopes they can learn from your site and join in on forums as I have. I have found your site very informative and helpful. COPD is not fun to live with and there is a lot to learn from others as doctors at the VA don’t seem to really care.

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  • By Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT Moderator

    We hear you, MSargent914 and appreciate you sharing our site with others.
    Hang in there – we’re always here when you need us.
    Warmly,
    Leon (site moderator)

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  • By Janet Plank Moderator

    MSargent914, that’s great news, with the drop in your glucose readings and your health. I know we are trying to eat healthier and always look forward to reading about how others are doing as well. Thank you for sharing!
    Janet (site moderator)

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  • By Puffdragon

    The Paleo Diet has worked well for me prior to COPD and now. Weight is controlled. Started at 231# and now at 175# and holding. I eat lots too. My Type II diabetes is below 5.9 with no meds. Arthritis aches are minimal too.

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