When you have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, eating and digestion can sometimes be a challenge. As your stomach gets full it pushes up against your diaphragm making breathing difficult. The act of chewing and swallowing temporarily cuts the delivery of air to your lungs, making you feel out of breath. Digestion uses a lot of oxygen as well further leaving you breathless. Not making the correct food decisions can leave you gasping for breath halfway through your meal.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) encompasses a group of diseases that limit airflow in the lungs. Two of the most prevalent are chronic bronchitis and emphysema. COPD is a progressive disease and affects millions of people. It is currently the third leading cause of death worldwide. As of today, there is no cure for COPD but, with early detection, a lot can be done to improve quality of life, and slow the progression of the disease.
Earlier this week we discussed some Far East medical practices that may be helpful for COPD patients or those with other respiratory illnesses. Many exercises such as Tai Chi, Qigong, or Yoga contain a mindful breathing component that can be helpful for oxygen patients as well. In addition to lung capacity, many with lung diseases also battle, depression, anxiety, and sleep problems. These exercises have have also been proven beneficial for those conditions.
Using Traditional Chinese Medicine to Improve Your Health
Every living thing that has a brain sleeps in one form or another. Sleep is the body’s time to restore and heal so it is imperative for everyone, especially for those who are trying to battle or heal from health challenges. Many times when people are ill, sleep is the first thing to suffer, weakening the immune system and prolonging healing, which further disturbs sleep, and on and on, in a downward spiral.
A recent study by British scientists have shown encouraging evidence that retinoic acid can slow the progression of emphysema and in some cases, even reverse damage caused by the disease. This acid is found in Vitamin A. Results from tests on mice have been very positive and the scientists how to begin human trials in the near future. This study is being conducted by doctors at King’s College in London where they have made great strides in revolutionizing treatment for COPD and other respiratory ailments.
Maintaining social contacts with family and friends is important for all aspects of life. Having a close friend to lean on during hard times or someone to share the fun times with is essential. It can ease the pain and amplify the good times but what about physical ailments? There have been several social science studies conducted that indeed confirm that there is a definite link between social relationships and health outcomes. In fact the American Journal of Managed Care has stated that socially isolated people have a 43% risk of illness reoccurrence, a 64% higher risk of contracting a serious illness, and an astounding 69% higher risk of all-cause mortality whether it be from heart attack, chronic illness, or any variety and combination of health issues.
Some 13 million people are being treated for COPD but it is estimated that as many as 13 million more may have COPD and not know it. Some patients in the early stages are being treated for a persistent cough which their physicians mistakenly think is asthma related. Adding further to the confusion as many as 40% of people that have COPD, also have asthma and asthma is considered a risk factor for developing COPD later in life. Though the two conditions are related it is important to know the difference between the two and which you have to recieve proper treatment.
Portable oxygen concentrators with pulse flow deliver oxygen intermittently based on your breathing rate. Essentially, every time you inhale the concentrator detects your inhalation it triggers a bolus dose of oxygen to be delivered.