December 19, 2011

Maury Regional Pulmonary Disease Group to discuss nutrition and COPD

COLUMBIA, Tenn. – Nutrition habits can be a significant factor for those suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The Lungs for Life: COPD Support Group at Maury Regional Medical Center (MRMC) will host a meeting titled “Nutrition and COPD” at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, January 4, in the medical center’s First Floor Conference Room.

Registered Dietitian Keri Howell will discuss proper balance of nutrients (carbohydrates, protein, fats, vitamins and minerals), salt intake, fluid intake, gas-forming foods, tips for comfortable eating and COPD and malnutrition.

The group, which meets monthly at MRMC, encourages the public to attend this free program. The term COPD refers to a group of lung diseases that block airflow and make it increasingly difficult to breathe. Emphysema and chronic bronchitis are the two main conditions associated with COPD, which is a leading cause of death. Symptoms of COPD do not usually appear until significant lung damage has already occurred. Because the damage is not reversible, treatment plans typically focus on controlling symptoms and minimizing further damage.

The goal of Lungs for Life is to provide education and awareness about COPD in order to promote the self-care and management of the condition. The public is invited to attend the upcoming meeting. For more information, call 931.380.4094.