6 Ways to Manage Your Health When You Have Pulmonary Fibrosis

3. Eat well
You might think you don’t eat all that bad, but that doesn’t mean you eat well. Junk food doesn’t help your health in any way. Swapping it for healthier choices like vegetables, fruits, fish and foods that are low in cholesterol and fat, can make a very big difference. Some also suggest eating smaller meals more often, so that your stomach never gets too full, which can make it harder to breathe. If you do decide to change your diet, you should consult with either your doctor or a nutritionist before you begin.

4. Don’t smoke
This should be obvious but if you have PF and are still smoking, it’s important to stop. Quitting might require quite a bit of help, but smoking is one of the worst things you can do if you have a disease that affects your respiratory system. If you don’t smoke or are currently quitting please remember that secondhand smoke is just as bad, so speak with your family, friends or coworkers and explain the situation so they’ll know not to smoke around you.

MORECigarette smoking linked to interstitial lung diseases, IPF

Patrícia holds her PhD in Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases from the Leiden University Medical Center in Leiden, The Netherlands. She has studied Applied Biology at Universidade do Minho and was a postdoctoral research fellow at Instituto de Medicina Molecular in Lisbon, Portugal. Her work has been focused on molecular genetic traits of infectious agents such as viruses and parasites.
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Patrícia holds her PhD in Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases from the Leiden University Medical Center in Leiden, The Netherlands. She has studied Applied Biology at Universidade do Minho and was a postdoctoral research fellow at Instituto de Medicina Molecular in Lisbon, Portugal. Her work has been focused on molecular genetic traits of infectious agents such as viruses and parasites.
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  1. Betty Garth says:

    I hope there will not be testimonials from overworked broken-hearted caretakers giving The end of life struggles of their loved one’s last moments of life, suffocating. I couldn’t see that again. It would be nice to hear about clinical trials of medications to prolong and enhance the quality of life.

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