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People who have severe COPD often lose too much weight. Too much weight loss causes your body to break down muscle and makes you weaker. This can lead to even more shortness of breath and even less activity. Over time, you become so weak that you need to depend on others for daily living.
The reasons for the weight loss and loss of muscle in COPD are not completely understood. But experts believe that it happens because of a combination of things. These may include:
Eating well is important for:
A registered dietitian can help you learn how much and what kinds of food you need to eat to stay as strong as you can.
For more information, see:
Last Revised: November 29, 2011
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