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Loved ones might be key in helping COPD patients be more active

Loved ones might be key in helping COPD patients be more active

Researchers have found that friends and family can play a key role in motivating those living with COPD to engage in physical activity.

People living with COPD are sometimes referred onto exercise and educational programmes, known as pulmonary rehabilitation, to help improve the quality of life of those living with long-term lung conditions.

Researchers compared activity levels between 125 people with COPD and their loved ones and found that overall people with COPD spent less time being physically active.

They also found that individuals who had physically active loved ones had a higher likelihood of being active compared to patients with an inactive loved one.

The research suggests that physically active loved ones can help people with COPD to be more physically active, which can have a positive impact on the condition of long-term lung health and improve patient quality of life.

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