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Better lung function seen in COPD patients with healthy diet

By jeremyc | May 28, 2014

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can be treated but not cured. However, a recent study has found that COPD patients who had a diet with lots of healthy food like fish, bananas, grapefruit and cheese had better lung function.

The study was led by Corinne Hanson, PhD, from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska. A total of 2,167 COPD patients were part of the study. The participants reported their diet in the last 24 hours at eight points over three years.

On analysis of the results, the researchers found that participants who ate more fish, bananas, grapefruit and cheese had improved lung function. This diet reduced the rates of emphysema as well. Hanson said about the results, “This study demonstrates the nearly immediate effects a healthy diet can have on lung function in in a large and well-characterized population of COPD patients. It also demonstrates the potential need for dietary and nutritional counseling in patients who have COPD.”

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