What lifestyle changes should I make to help treat and manage my COPD?

By making certain lifestyle changes, one may be able to reduce the symptoms and improve the quality of life. The important ones are as follows:
• Quit smoking
• Eat well and stay active
• Exercise regularly under supervision
• Avoid close contact with people who have respiratory infections
• Avoid exposure to environmental irritants

The doctor may recommend participation in a pulmonary rehabilitation program which incorporates lifestyle changes into a comprehensive program and includes the support of peers.

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