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Poor Diet May Make COPD Worse, Study Finds

From a November 2, 2010 Health Day news item By Robert Preidt

TUESDAY, Nov. 2 (HealthDay News) — Certain vitamin deficiencies may lead to decreased lung function in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis, says a new study……

…..”Further studies are needed to clarify the role gender has on the loss of lung function in COPD and the impact of antioxidant nutrient intake,” Khan said.

Khan added that antioxidants might also benefit people with severe asthma.

“We would guess that the role of antioxidant nutrients in a well-controlled asthma patient would be less than that seen in patients with COPD,” Khan said. “However, in patients with severe asthma with poorly controlled symptoms and frequent, recurring exacerbations, antioxidant nutrient intake may indeed play an important role in the preservation of lung function.”…

……”Our study, along with other research, suggests that strategies for dietary modification and supplementation should be considered in patients with COPD,” Dr. M. Salman Khan of Akron City Hospital, Ohio, said in an ACCP news release.

….The study was to be presented Tuesday at the annual meeting of the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) in Vancouver, Canada….

…..COPD is the fourth leading cause of death in America, with 119,000 deaths annually, according to the ACCP.

SOURCE: American College of Chest Physicians, news release, Nov. 2, 2010

A good place to start for nutrition information….

Nutrition.gov “Providing easy, online access to government information on food and human nutrition
for consumers. A service of the (US)National Agricultural Library, USDA.”

 

November 5, 2010 - Posted by | Nutrition | , , , ,

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