We all know that exercise is good for the body.
However, because of the increase in chronic health
conditions, this basic premise needs to be re-emphasized
as a critical part of any treatment and maintenance
plan for quality health care. Low oxygen levels
in some individuals may prevent activity as there is little
fuel for the body to expend energy. Reduced activity
creates de-conditioning of the muscles further
preventing routine activity.
This downward spiral may
have a big impact on quality
To address these concerns and empower
individuals and families impacted by COPD, the
COPD Foundation is pleased to announce the addition of new
educational materials. A chapter on COPD and the
Hospital is now a part of the Big Fat Reference
Guide® (BFRG). In addition, this summer well be releasing a brand
new Slim Skinny Reference Guide® (SSRG), COPD in
the Hospital and the Transition Back to Home.
Daniel Maxam, 55, recalls his doctor telling
him he had the lungs of a 100-year old man.
My doctor said, I give you about 10 more years
[to live], Maxam says. Thats when it all kicked in.
Our new website has many additional featuresincluding
a video gallery, an interactive map that lists all of
our COPD state captains, and social sharing for your
own social media pagesthat allows users to tailor the
website to their specific needs.
Participation in research is voluntary and Registry
members are always given the option to accept or decline
research invitations. Completion of the Registry
Questionnaire provides valuable research material on the numbers of patients diagnosed with COPD and
their clinical symptoms of the disease. In addition, the
ability to contact a large number of people with COPD
for clinical research studies will accelerate the timeline
for important research designed to find better treatments
and ultimately a cure for COPD
These drastic changes in temperature often cause
stress to our bodies. This stress causes our bodies to
work harder to maintain normal core temperatures,
which means we use more energy. In order to provide
this energy, the body uses more oxygen, which for
people with breathing problems can leave them short