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Nutrition and COPD

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Quiz: Do You Understand Nutrition and COPD?

Test your knowledge by answering the following questions:

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1

People with COPD should avoid high-fiber foods.

Explanation:
Fiber helps move food through your digestive system, and it can help control cholesterol and blood sugar levels. Look for high-fiber foods such as fruit, vegetables and whole grains.
2

Protein can help fight off infections.

Explanation:
Protein is an essential component for overall health and it can even help fight off infections. Good sources of protein include lean meats, poultry, fish, eggs, beans, nuts and tofu.
3

Up to 20 percent of COPD patients have low phosphorus levels.

Explanation:
Up to half of COPD patients have low phosphorus levels due to poor nutrition and/or certain medications. Phosphorus contributes to healthy lung function, so look for foods such as: dairy products, meat, fish, eggs, nuts and beans.
4

You can reduce breathlessness by drinking liquids after a meal, not during.

Explanation:
Some patients experience breathlessness during or after a meal. You can reduce or prevent this symptom by taking small bites, chewing slowly, eating smaller meals and drinking liquids after a meal.
5

Alcohol can interact with some COPD medications but caffeine is fine.

Explanation:
Ask your healthcare provider about caffeine and alcohol. Both can interact with certain COPD medications.