Different COPD Stages: How Do You Know It’s Near the End

COPD Stage 1 (Mild) is where you want to catch the disease to be diagnosed. However, due to the lack of symptoms it often goes undiagnosed until a later stage. The main reason COPD Stage 1 symptoms go unnoticed is because according to GOLD guidelines, stage 1 COPD patients still have an FEV1 of 80% or higher. A lot of times, patients can …

Tips for Staying Healthy With Stage 3/Severe COPD

COPD is a chronic inflammatory illness of the lungs and airways that gets progressively worse over time. How long that takes can vary from months to years. Eventually, though, most people who have a diagnosis of COPD will end up in Stage 3, which is also called “severe COPD.” For the purposes of assessment and treatment, COPD status is divided into four …

3 Simple Tips for Eating and Feeling Better with COPD

It’s no secret that proper nutrition is a vital element in the charge towards a vibrant and healthy life. Certain foods and the compounds found within them have the ability to contribute to health and well-being. Likewise, the wrong foods at the wrong time, or simply too much of a particular food, can be problematic. Today we’ll consider 3 simple dietary considerations …

Clearing the air about COPD

Just how common is COPD? And just how disheartening and confusing can a diagnosis be? These are questions our Senior Contributor Ted Koppel has been grappling with for very many years, and very close to home, as he’ll be telling us in our Cover Story:  Everything I tell you this morning is factual, but I can’t pretend to be objective …