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When a loved one has COPD or another chronic lung disease, knowing how to balance taking care of them and yourself can be difficult. This page provides helpful resources for caregivers including guides on helping your loved one quit smoking and how to take time out of your day for yourself.

If you’ve just been diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), you may have a lot of questions. This page is a great resource for learning about all aspects of the disease including talking to your doctor, flare-up signs and symptoms, and disease management.

If you have a chronic lung disease, you know that staying healthy plays an important part in managing your symptoms and overall well-being. The right exercise methods, diet, and other techniques can help you stay healthy with chronic lung disease and get you back to doing the things you love.

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Staying Healthy With Oxygen: Could You Use More Vitamin D?

By Do More With Oxygen

Tue, Jul 16, 2013

According to WebMD, if you have Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), you may have vitamin D levels below the normal level. One common reason is COPD patients spend less time outdoors. After all, the body’s top source of vitamin D is UV rays from the sun. This vitamin, which is important for strong bones, can also be taken in a dietary supplement, which may be recommended for COPD patients who are staying healthy with oxygen.woman_in_sun

While vitamin D is mostly touted for its ability to support strong bones, it also contributes to healthy muscles. For example, low levels of vitamin D (under 20 mg/mL) are associated with slower walking speeds, poor balance and increased risk of falling.

Vitamin D and Your Lungs

WebMD points out a study from 2011 in which 50 patients were given either a high dose of vitamin D or a placebo pill. The study found that patients given vitamin D were able to exercise longer and harder than those taking the placebo.

WebMD references another study given around the same time in which 50 COPD patients with worsening symptoms were entered into a three-month pulmonary rehabilitation program and either put on a once-monthly vitamin D supplement or a placebo. After three months, the half taking high-dosage vitamin D supplements had greater muscle strength, stronger lungs and longer exercise capacity than the group taking the placebo.

Could you be prescribed vitamin D supplements?

These findings indicate a correlation between strong vitamin D levels and good lung capacity. However, some doctors believe they need more evidence before they begin making prescriptions. For example, your doctor will test your vitamin D levels before assuming you need more simply because you have COPD. WebMD states that climate, time spent outdoors and your diet impact the levels of vitamin D in your body. The daily recommended dose is 600 IU for adults up to age 70 and 800 IU daily for adults age 70 and over.

Want to get Vitamin D the natural way? Portable oxygen solutions can help you spend more time outdoors living an active and independent life. Click here to learn more, and don’t forget your sunscreen!

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