Daily walk can reduce risk of COPD hospitalization
New research in Respirology shows that sufferers of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can reduce their risk of being hospitalized with severe attacks, by maintaining an exercise regime of walking between three to six kilometers a day. COPD, a term which includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema, results in breathing difficulties due to long-term lung damage. Over five hundred and forty COPD patients were recruited from five Spanish respiratory clinics and their exercise levels were calculated based on the distance they walked during the course of a week. This information was compared to hospitalization data taken from the database of Bilbao’s Hospital Galdakao-Usansolo. The results showed that COPD patients who maintained moderate or high levels of exercise over time, which may amount to low intensity activities such as walking for at least three to six kilometers per day, could reduce the likelihood of being hospitalized by severe symptoms.