Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease ( Copd )

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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is the third leading cause of death in the United States. The disease affects more than 11 million individuals, and there is currently no cure for COPD. It is defined as a chronic inflammatory disorder of the lungs that is mainly caused by smoking. COPD changes the normal function of the lungs. A patient with COPD has less air flowing in and out of the airways. These individuals also use most of their energies in breathing since it is harder for them to get oxygen. The airways of individuals with COPD are clogged with mucus which decreases their ability to eliminate carbon dioxide and bring oxygen inside the body.
Many studies have shown the importance of proper nutrition in the heath care of patients with respiratory disorders. Proper nutrition is essential because it can help to decrease the amount of carbon dioxide in the body to facilitate breathing. Patients in advanced stage COPD tend to lose more weight due the severity of the symptoms. Symptoms such as shortness of breath, bloating or gas, thick mucus production, dental problems, fatigue, and constipation reduces patient’s ability to eat (decreasing food intake). Acupuncture also helps to improve the health of COPD patients by assisting them in finding balance. This paper proposes a list of nutritional recommendation that can assist patients to eat and maintain a normal diet while experiencing these symptoms.

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