A healthy diet is an important part of optimising short term and long term health for Alphas. Eating a balanced diet provides us with the range of nutrients our bodies need and also helps maintain a healthy weight. Being a healthy weight can help reduce the risk of developing other conditions such as heart disease and diabetes but can also help your Alpha-1.
Being underweight can increase risk of developing infections (including those of the respiratory system).
Being overweight can put increased pressure on vital organs (including the liver and lungs) and therefore make them work harder.
With a proper diet your health goals can be attained and the exhaustion frequently experienced with COPD can be minimized.
A poor diet can complicate Alpha-1 by imposing additional problems associated with diseases such as hypertension, coronary artery disease, diabetes, and others.
What do you do to maintain a healthy diet?