Why is Nutrition Important for Lung Patients?
WHY FOOD MATTER FOR LUNG PATIENTS?
A Healthy, well-balanced diet goes a long way to keep your lungs and body strong as,
Infections may lead to reduced immunity
Medications like corticosteroids can reduce the muscle and bone health
With a healthy diet, Lung inflammation may reduce and gaseous exachange is enhanced.
MEDICINE & DIET
Medicines specific to lung diseases may have
side effects due to which the food intake might get hampered, like
Bronchodilators (which relax smooth muscles)
Nausea due to antibiotics,
Diarrhoea due to antihistamine(anti allergy drugs) among the others
WHY IS HEALTHY WEIGHT IMPORTANT IN LUNG PATIENTS ?
Maintaining a healthy weight is important for people with lung disease
Excess weight can increase shortness of breath and can put strain on your lungs and heart
Being underweight can decrease your energy level and causes easy fatiguability
Healthy weight will reduce susceptibility to infection.