COPD: Keeping Your Diet Healthy
If you have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), you may have little appetite or feel too tired to prepare and eat meals. But eating regularly and eating healthy foods is important because food:
- Provides your body with the energy it needs to function, such as for breathing and digestion.
- Provides you with the energy you need for daily activities.
- Helps strengthen your body's natural defense system (Reference immune system Opens New Window), making it easier to avoid infections.
You can take simple steps to be sure you eat healthy foods on a regular basis. But because people with COPD often have other health problems that may restrict the foods they can eat, always talk with your doctor or a registered dietitian before making changes in your diet.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: November 29, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Ken Y. Yoneda, MD - Pulmonology