If you smoke, you’ve probably been asked to stop by nearly everyone you know. We all know it can be harmful to health, but oftentimes, quitting can be tough. You may make initial plans to quit, but life happens, and our cravings and withdraws are more powerful, sometimes, than our strength of conviction. If you want to quit, here’s what you should know to be prepared for the process, and some resources to help you through it.
Many of us had tried alcohol, at least socially at work or with friends. While one standard-sized drink a couple of times per week may not be a horrible thing for you, it is hard to know how much is too much - especially if you have a high tolerance, or don’t show symptoms. Read here to know how much is a serving size, what your body does with alcohol and what organs it affects, and how to know if you’ve had too much.
Knowing when to check your blood oxygen can be tricky. We know to check it when we feel out of breath, or are having symptoms… But what about when we feel fine? Here we offer a little guidance on how often you should monitor.
Struggling with breathing problems may be affecting your daily life, and can get quite frustrating, even debilitating depending on the severity of your condition. We hear you. But before you buy into the hype of supplements marketed to help you, here’s a little more information to know which ones are really good, and which ones may not be supported by research.
Whether you have mild or advanced pulmonary disease, breathing difficulties may make exercise troublesome for you. But when you have a condition that leads to a chronic lack of oxygen, you will typically be at higher risk for muscle loss, which leads to a whole host of new problems. If you should be exercising, but your breathing trouble makes it difficult, read this article for ways to make it happen.
When monitoring blood oxygen for COPD regularly and your readings look stable and pretty good, you may have a question - what to do next? This article will discuss some methods to make your blood oxygen level even better.
Whether you are new to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), or you have had it for a while, there are some basic tips for living with COPD that many people swear by. With chronic shortness of breath making daily activities difficult, to carrying around your oxygen, living with COPD can be tough. Some symptoms of COPD might even make you lose too much weight or not get enough nutrients. Look through the list to see what you can do to live comfortably with COPD.
Checking your blood oxygen is simple enough: just put the meter on your finger and wait, right? But how do you read the number? What does ‘low’ blood oxygen really mean? Many of our patients first diagnosed with COPD will say that their oxygen levels are always ‘low,’ but also always similar. Here’s how to know when your low blood oxygen is just your usual, or baseline, and when low oxygen is truly a risk for you.