Living with COPD
Changing your lifestyle can help your symptoms. If you smoke, giving up is the most important thing you can do for your COPD. It stops damage to your airways caused by cigarette smoke.
For help, ask your doctor about this, call the NHS Smoking Helpline on 0300 123 1044 or go to the NHS Smokefree website on: www.nhs.uk/smokefree
You should also avoid fumes like spray deodorant, car exhaust and air fresheners that can irritate your airways.
It’s important you eat well to keep your lungs healthy and prevent infections. You should make sure you stay the correct weight.
Your doctor can help you work out what’s a healthy weight for you. The NHS Choices website, Live Well section, provides helpful information and includes a BMI (Body Mass Index) healthy weight calculator and an explanation. There is also a section if you need help with weight loss. See the following web links:
You can find out more about COPD from the British Lung Foundation at www.blf.org.uk or by calling 03000 030 555.