Living With COPD
COPD is a condition that makes it hard for you to breathe. There are steps you can take to help manage your disease.
Stick to your COPD treatment plan
In order for your treatment plan to work best, it’s important to follow your doctor’s advice on how and when to take medication.
Schedule regular checkups
You should visit your doctor a few times throughout the year for COPD checkups—even if you feel fine. You may not notice how your COPD is changing over time because you get used to living with the symptoms.
If you smoke, it’s time to quit
Smoking is the #1 cause of COPD. Quitting smoking is the only thing that has been shown to slow the progression of the disease.
Staying active and eating right is important to lung health
As you live with COPD, you actually need more energy to breathe. Eating a healthy diet and exercising is good for your body, may help you feel better, and will help you live with COPD.
Learn all you can about COPD
Learning about COPD will help you make the right decisions about how to improve your breathing and manage your symptoms.
Become an active member of your healthcare team. Talk with your doctor about the different ways you can manage your COPD. The health information provided on this site is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace discussions with your doctor.
For help in talking with your doctor, view our
Doctor Discussion Guide