Home > Health Library > Muscle Weakness, Weight Loss, and Nutrition in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
People who have severe
COPD often lose too much weight. Too much weight loss
causes your body to break down muscle and makes you weaker. This can lead to
even more shortness of breath and even less activity. Over time, you become so
weak that you need to depend on others for daily living.
reasons for the weight loss and loss of muscle in COPD are not completely
understood. But experts believe that it happens because of a combination of
things. These may include:
Eating well is important
registered dietitian can help you learn how much and
what kinds of food you need to eat to stay as strong as you can.
For more information, see:
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerKen Y. Yoneda, MD - Pulmonology
Current as ofAugust 21, 2015
Current as of:
August 21, 2015
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Ken Y. Yoneda, MD - Pulmonology
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