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Decreased physical activity results in worsening lung function and overall health. Sustained inactivity is also associated with progression of muscle loss and inability to exercise, the researchers said.
Their study of more than 130 people with COPD found that their physical activity decreased each year. The declines occurred regardless of the severity of their disease. Reduced physical activity was associated with an increase in breathing problems and decreases in overall health, quality of life and sense of well-being.
Long-term physical inactivity was associated with larger declines in muscle mass and in 6-minute walk distance results.
The study was published online recently in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.
"Treatment guidelines call for regular physical activity for COPD patients at all levels of severity, and our study clearly supports this recommendation. Regular exercise will improve their health and quality of life," study author Dr. Benjamin Waschki, of the Pulmonary Research Institute at LungenClinic in Grosshansdorf, Germany, said in a journal news release.
-- Robert Preidt
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