QOD 39: Nutrition and COPD (Respiratory/Basic Care and Comfort)

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D. Achieve and maintain a healthy weight


A patient with COPD suffers from a chronic disease that can progressively worsen if he does not take care of his health. As part of health education, the nurse must teach the patient important facts that will most support his overall health. If the patient is able to achieve and maintain a healthy weight, he will be more likely to have a healthy status overall, as obesity contributes to many complications of COPD, including difficulty breathing, poor stamina, and blood glucose abnormalities.

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