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Eating Well for a Healthy Weight
When you have a chronic condition like COPD,
a lot can happen in the days between your
doctor visits. Now, HAP’s CareTrack
TM
program
offers use of the Health Buddy® system. With
this tool, your health care team can check up
on you every day.
The easy-to-use “buddy” device can be used
from the comfort of your own home. Every
day, you answer a series of simple questions
about your health status. Then the information
is sent directly to your HAP Health Buddy®
specialist.
To learn more about how you can use
the Health Buddy® system,
call us
toll-free at
(800) 288-2902
or email us at
restore@hap.org.
Introducing the Health Buddy
Protect Yourself from the Flu &
Pneumonia this Fall
When you have COPD, there’s a greater chance that
getting the flu could cause other health problems.
Getting a flu shot every year is the best way to keep
the virus away. The Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention recommends that everyone ages 6
months and older get a flu shot.
Also, anyone older than age 65 should get a one-
time pneumonia vaccine. People with diabetes and
certain chronic conditions should also get the
pneumonia vaccine.
Most people love it when the needle on the
bathroom scale goes down. But when you have
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), it
can be unwelcome news. Many people with COPD
become too thin and this harms their health.
When you are underweight, you are more likely
to get infections. Unintended weight loss leads to
smaller, weaker breathing muscles, so it is harder
for the lungs to work.
Why Do Some People Lose Weight without
Trying?
When every breath is an effort, the act of breathing
burns 10 times more calories than normal. In severe
COPD, other aspects of the disease cause weight loss.
Appetite goes down and shortness of breath
interferes with eating.
What Can You Do?
If you struggle to maintain your weight, try these
ideas from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics:
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Eat several smaller meals and snacks a day.
If
your appetite is small, drink beverages before
or after meals. Limit beverages that have
empty calories such as sodas, coffee and tea.
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Emphasize nutrient-rich foods
– whole grains,
milk products, lean meat, fish, poultry, fruits
and vegetables – rather than sweets, soft
drinks and chips.
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Add healthy, concentrated calories to dishes.
Top soups and chili with grated cheese. Spread
whole-grain toast with peanut butter. Add
powdered milk and dried fruit to oatmeal
and top salads with avocado.
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