Los Angeles, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 02/26/2014 -- Research recently released has shown that those who suffer from Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can benefit and reduce their risk of hospitalization from severe breathing problems by taking a daily walk of 1-3 miles per day.
A diagnosis of COPD includes several respiratory distress illnesses, including chronic bronchitis and emphysema, both of which result in breathing difficulties due to lung damage. Severe COPD symptoms can include loss of lung function and can be life threatening if left untreated.
For the research, 543 patients with a COPD diagnosis were recruited from five respiratory clinics in Spain. Each participant had their exercise levels measured based on the distance they walked over the course of a week, and this information was compared to hospitalization data taken from Bilbao’s Hospital Galdakao-Usansolo.
Results of the comparison showed that COPD patients who maintained moderate to intense levels of exercise over time were more likely to experience reduced hospital stays as a result of their illnesses. Exercise levels could include low-physical activity exercises such as walking for a few miles each day, or higher physical activity exercises such as jogging or engaging in fitness classes.
Patients who maintained a low level of exercise or reduced the amount of exercise they engaged in appeared more likely to experience increased hospitalizations as a result of reoccurring issues from the illness.
While it was noted that those with COPD are less likely to engage in physical activity, it’s been noted repeatedly the positive effects exercise can have on the body and on the disease. “Regular exercise has been associated with a reduce risk of hospitalization for exacerbated COPD and mortality among patients with COPD,” advised Dr. Cristobal Esteban. He also noted that walking as little as 2 hours per week had an overall positive effect on those suffering from COPD related illnesses.
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