There’s no cure for COPD, but lifestyle changes and treatments can help COPD patients feel better, stay more active and slow the progression of the disease. Together, you and your doctor can develop a COPD management regimen that includes:
- Quitting smoking and avoiding lung irritants (such as dust or fumes);
- Developing an exercise and nutrition plan to help your body stay strong;
- Taking medications, such as a bronchodilator or steroids;
- Keeping up on vaccines to prevent illness;
- Participating in pulmonary rehabilitation to improve your overall health and well-being; and
- Developing an action plan for COPD flare-up.
If you suspect that you or someone you know may have COPD, talk with your doctor. Together, you can take control over your breathing problem and continue living the life that you love.
Sure, Poncet might be an elite athlete. But he still believes that anyone with COPD can use portable oxygen to be active in whatever way works for their life—be it cycling up a giant peak or simply taking a stroll down the street. “Every step we do, it’s a new adventure,“ he says. So, what’s yours?