Daily walk can re­duce risk of COPD hos­pi­tal­iza­tion

Walking New Zealand - - Walk Talk -

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.

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