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Lung patients may benefit from lifestyle changes, research shows

July 8, 2009 by  

Lung patients may benefit from lifestyle changes, research shows As healthcare costs continue to escalate, new study results have suggested an integrative approach to treating patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) may bring both health and economic benefits.

Researchers from the Department of Respiratory Medicine at the Maxima Medical Centre in Veldhoven, Netherlands, studied patients with mild to moderate COPD. They divided them into two groups, one of which received usual care and the other underwent an interdisciplinary, community-based program (INTERCOM), according to Medical News Today.

INTERCOM included intensive lifestyle moderation phase of four months, during which participants performed two 15-minute intervals of walking or cycling, and it provided proper nutrition and smoking cessation counseling.

The article reports that there was a 20-month maintenance period after the intense introductory phase, and the researchers found that during that time those who participated in the program experienced significant improvements in health status, exercise capacity and shortness of breath symptoms, compared to those who did not.

The results, which were presented at the 105th international conference of the American Thoracic Society in San Diego, come on the heels of another study published earlier this year which found that COPD patients may benefit from a diet rich in antioxidant vitamins A, C and E as well as omega-3 fatty acids.

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  • Jack Kinch(1uncle)

    If they live through that, they should be healthier. It just might be worth the try.

    • CarolMitrani

      Goody!!! Now we can relax that the government won’t be taking away our vitamin and mineral supplements and we can see our alternative doctor. How much Omega 3 should we take?

  • Teresa

    This isn’t new. This is really what the nursing science is about but it has been so fragmented in the current system that people don’t realize what they have been missing. Nursing looks at the whole person and individualizes their health plan for wellness. This approach helps in any diseased state. Nurse Practitioners are a unique provider and have been undervalued for years. They have been seen as “midlevel providers” so they can be bunched in with the Physician Assistants. NP’s are nursing experts and they have knowledge of medicine as well.
    They are a primary care provider option that is effective and economical.

  • Delay

    Teresa, so what are you trying to tell us with regard to the article? A weak heart can also contribute to COPD. There is also a procedure where they put a tube into one’s lungs and suck out the debri.

  • Linda

    I can tell you from first hand experience….. I suffered with severe asthma for over 30 years. I almost died in the emergency room in 1995. Two years ago I discovered that I am intolerant to wheat (gluten) and eliminated it from my diet. My asthma literally disappeared!! I no longer need the steroid and rescue inhalers that I depended on for over 30 years! Around the same time my uncle that was also asthmatic, discovered he had celiac disease which is when the body makes an antibody against gluten and he was put on a gluten free diet. His response was the same, his asthma literally disappeared.

  • Linda

    Now what do you think would happen if every asthma patient suddenly didn’t need all that medication anymore? Their Dr’s would no longer be able to count on that bonus money from the drug co’s for all of those prescriptions that are no longer needed(cha-ching). No more check up’s every 6 months (cha-ching) no more complications from colds and flu or hospitalizations (cha-ching). The last time I checked- Dr’s are not actively seeking out ways to make less money!! Your Dr’s job is to connect whatever ails you to a pharmaceutical drug that will treat the symptoms- that is all they know. It’s all about the food- garbage in= garbage out. At least 40% of the population is intolerant to wheat- what kind of foods are cheapest? Pasta, breads, sugary drinks and white potato’s- all of these foods require the body to make insulin to metabolize them. That is the #1 reason for all chronic illness in this country.


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