Why COPD Makes It Hard to Eat


Jennifer Larson

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When you have chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, or COPD, it can be hard to eat a simple meal without encountering some challenges.

Delicious aromas lure you with your growling stomach to the dinner table, but you find yourself gasping for breath halfway through your meal. The very acts of eating and swallowing can be exhausting because they temporarily cut off the flow of air to your lungs, making you feel breathless. Additionally, eating and digesting food use oxygen, which you already have in short supply.

See how a diet high in protein and low in fat affects your breathing.

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Feb 16, 2015

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