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Exercise proves to be nectar for COPD patients

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) blocks airflow and makes it difficult to breathe

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Publish Date: Sep 5 2016 12:17PM | Updated Date: Sep 5 2016 12:17PM

Exercise proves to be nectar for COPD patients
Lung disease may leave you with no want for physical activity but on a positive note, increased physical activity or exercise among its patients could reduce their anxiety and depression. 
 
A study has found that in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), there is 40 percent presence of depression and anxiety, while in general population, this is merely 10 percent. 
 
COPD is a disease that blocks airflow and makes it difficult to breathe. 
 
The study was conducted on 409 patients from primary care practice in the Netherlands and Switzerland which suggested that higher levels of physical activity could lessen the risk of developing anxiety by 11 per cent and that of depression by 15 per cent.
 
On a contrary, low physical activity could further result in cardiovascular, neurological, hormonal, musculoskeletal, cancer, and infectious diseases in patients with COPD.
 
Researchers advised that physical activity promotion programs should be encouraged to reduce the burden of mental disorders in COPD patients.