If you have been diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, you know fat and calories are an important part of keeping your body in tip-top shape. The Mayo Clinic states cystic fibrosis causes thick mucus, and often prevents the pancreas from secreting digestive enzymes. The lack of enzymes present means the body will not absorb protein, fats or fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E K).
Thanks to advancements in modern medicine, young people diagnosed with cystic fibrosis (CF) are living longer than ever. Less than 50 years ago, a child diagnosed with CF wasn’t expected to live long enough to attend their first day of kindergarten. Today, according to Emory University, that same child can expect to live until at least their mid to late thirties. One of the most recent discoveries is the role that exercise plays in improving lung function and overall quality of life for children and teens living with cystic fibrosis. This post will explore four ways exercise can help to improve cystic fibrosis in children and teenagers.
There is something about watching heroes in the movies that’s awe-inspiring. Their boundless energy and strength allow them to save the day, take care of everyone’s needs and concerns and they never have to ask for help.
Over the decades, healthcare professionals have arrived at the consensus that inhaling cigarette smoke is harmful and puts individuals at risk for lung-related diseases, including Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). However, there’s a misconception within the COPD community (as well as outside of the community) that smoking cigars is less dangerous to the lungs because you don’t inhale. Unfortunately, this assumption couldn’t be further from the truth. This post explores the real dangers COPD patients can face when smoking cigars.
If you’ve been diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), you may have experienced a loss of energy or stamina. Fatigue can be a symptom of COPD, according to the Mayo Clinic, but it can be a symptom of many other conditions, too, most notably sleep apnea.
If you’ve been diagnosed with a chronic lung disease, such as pulmonary fibrosis or emphysema, you know coping with your emotions is often as difficult as managing your health. And while your caregivers, family and friends, neighbors and others in the greater community have given you support, you often wonder if there’s another way to express your feelings.
If you’re experiencing life with chronic bronchitis, you want to take advantage of all the treatments available to reduce your symptoms and improve your quality of life. One of the less appreciated methods of treating bronchitis is simply to take an expectorant prescribed by your doctor. According to WebMD, you should not take over-the-counter cough suppressant medicine to treat chronic bronchitis.
Coal workers’ pneumoconiosis, more commonly known as black lung disease, was in decline for decades, but now it’s on the rise again. If you are at risk for this disease, there is a lot of information you should know. Read on for a little background regarding black lung disease, as well as its causes and why it is becoming more common.
If you’re living with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), you need your home to be as hospitable as possible. But the word "hospitable" has many meanings, so it may be confusing to know exactly how your home should be prepared. Read on for 11 tips for making your home extremely "hospitable."
If you love being in nature but your health prevents you from spending as much time outdoors as you'd like, consider bringing a little nature inside with houseplants. You can enjoy their beauty, and some houseplants can also promote staying healthy with chronic lung disease.
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