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Managing COPD

Many people are able to maintain a good quality of life while living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The information below includes ideas for changes you can make to stay active and enjoy your life while managing the disease.

  • Protecting Your Lungs
    When you have COPD, your lungs are weakened. Learn how to reduce exposure to anything that could make your COPD worse or cause an exacerbation, a worsening or a "flare up" of COPD.
  • COPD Management Tools
    Use our tools and resources to make a plan that is right for you.
  • COPD Lifestyle Changes
    Follow these steps to manage lifestyle changes COPD brings.
  • Nutrition
    Most people are surprised to learn that the food they eat may affect their breathing. The right mix of nutrients in your diet can help you breathe easier.
  • Physical Activity
    When you have COPD, the right amount and type of exercise has many benefits and is an important part of staying healthy.
  • Coping with Emotions
    Getting emotional support is just as important as protecting your lungs and staying active. Learn how to recognize and handle feelings of fear, anxiety, depression or stress.
  • Planning for the Future with COPD
    Discuss these important points about your future care with your doctors and caregivers.

    Reviewed and approved by the American Lung Association Scientific and Medical Editorial Review Panel. Last reviewed December 16, 2017.

    Page Last Updated: February 4, 2019

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