A new study has suggested that COPD may be treated with a healthy diet. In the U.S., the term “COPD” usually refers to two main conditions – emphysema and chronic bronchitis. The term COPD is most accurate because most people who suffer from one of these conditions also suffer from the other.
Sufferers of COPD experience breathing difficulties due to inflammation of the walls of their airways or an excess of mucus being produced, which clogs the airway. A healthy person’s lungs contain tiny round air sacs which are known as alveoli. Restriction in respiratory ability may also be caused if the walls between the air sacs, or alveoli, are damaged.
A new study, which has not yet been released for publication, is reported to have shown that people who consume fish, cheese, bananas and grapefruit show a better clinical outcome profile than those who do not. The study analyzed 2,167 subjects with COPD and the results were discussed this week at the American Thoracic Society annual meeting. The presenter, Dr. Corrine Hanson, explained how a generally well-rounded and balanced diet seemed to give sufferers of the disease a head start when entering treatment. The findings strongly suggested that a healthy diet rich in foods which contain antioxidants may be a tool to treat COPD.