How can I help
manage COPD?

How can I help manage COPD?

Manage COPD by Quitting Smoking

Quit smoking

Smoking and COPD have long been linked. If you currently smoke, the most important thing you can do to slow the progression of your COPD is quit. Ask your doctor about the resources available to help you quit.

Manage COPD: Practice Breathing Exercises

Practice breathing excercises for COPD

Specific types of breathing exercises can be an important addition to your COPD treatment plan. See two simple exercises you can do right now.

Manage COPD: Eat Well

Eat well

A healthy diet can help give you the energy you need. If you’re overweight, losing weight can reduce the amount of effort it takes to do many activities and help you breathe better. Talk to your doctor before starting any nutrition program.

Manage COPD: Be Prepared

Be prepared

COPD symptoms may flare up at any time. Always keep your rescue medication with you. Avoid anything you know that triggers your COPD symptoms (like dust or smoke), and stay inside when outdoor air quality is poor.

Manage COPD: Stay Active

Stay active

Exercise may help improve your overall strength and endurance, and may even strengthen the muscles you use to breathe. Getting active now is crucial to staying active long term. Consult your doctor before starting any exercise program.

Manage COPD: Simplify Basic Tasks

Keep it simple

Give yourself more time to do everyday activities—don’t rush. Try to simplify basic tasks and chores. For instance, keep items you use frequently in easy-to-reach places. Choose clothing and shoes that are easy to put on and take off.

Go to Helpful Resources for links to COPD foundations and advocacy organizations that may help you live better with COPD.

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Answering these questions can help you and your doctor determine how well your COPD treatment plan is working.

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