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4 Tips to Improve Your Quality of Life

A few simple tips to feel a little better every day.

For those who suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), the slightest improvements to quality of life are incredibly significant. As lung disease is inherently degenerative- meaning it will get worse over time- any opportunity to improve one’s health or quality of life is often welcomed; and many times, these improvements can be found through a handful of significant means.

With your health in mind, the Lung Institute is here to provide you with 4 Tips to Improve Your Quality of Life to make your days a little easier as quickly as possible.

4. Keep a Social Life

4 Tips to Improve Your Quality of Life

Some of the biggest lessons when dealing with the stress and anxiety of lung disease are mental ones. As the physically debilitating effects of lung disease can gradually weaken the confidence and self-perception of those suffering from it, this can have an effect on the social life. Although it may be easier to choose to remain indoors and to travel less, socialization is necessary, so take time to enjoy being with family and friends and interacting with people.

 3. Plan Ahead

4 Tips to Improve Your Quality of Life

There is a saying that goes “prior proper planning promotes peak performance” and is often referenced to pronounce the benefits of thinking ahead. In nearly every aspect of life, planning ahead can be incredibly helpful, particularly for those limited in mobility by lung disease. Whether it’s prepping for a healthy meal or planning to leave the home, putting in the effort to properly prepare will save you time, stress and anxiety in your daily life.

2. Better Nutrition and Exercise

4 Tips to Improve Your Quality of Life

For a healthier life, adequate nutrition and exercise are among the most important factors. Not only will a healthier lifestyle make walking and breathing easier, but it will also provide more energy throughout your day-to-day. For an easy introduction to better nutrition, one of the easiest methods of getting all the vitamins and nutrients you need may be juicing. In terms of exercise, the pulmonary benefits of cardiovascular exercise can significantly affect your breathing, so start off with a short walk.

1. Quit Smoking

4 Tips to Improve Your Quality of Life

The biggest improvement you can make to your quality of life is stepping away from the behavior that negatively affects it: smoking. Within a day of quitting smoking, your body will immediately begin to recover from the negative effects that have been accumulated. Although smoking is widely considered one of the hardest habits to kick, it is undeniable that by quitting smoking, you are actively extending your lifespan. For tips on quitting smoking, here’s a quick how-to.

Although key changes in behavior can significantly alter one’s quality of life, they cannot address the disease itself. For that, stem cell therapy may be necessary. As the scientific community continues to address the problems and complications of the human body, the Lung Institute will continue to bring these advancements to the public with the hope of bettering the quality of life for those who need it most.

We hope that these 4 tips to improve your quality of life have been helpful. If you’re looking to take control of your health, don’t wait. If you or a loved one suffers from COPD or another lung disease, the Lung Institute may be able to help with a variety of stem cell treatment options. Contact us at (800) 729-3065 today to find out if you qualify for stem cell therapy.

Looking to change your life? We want to hear from you. Share your thoughts and comments on 4 Tips to Improve Your Quality of Life below.


  1. PB

    2 years ago

    Dear Christie,

    Thanks for your comment and question. We’re sorry to hear that your pulmonary fibrosis has made exercising difficult. Many people find gentle stretches and gentle exercises, such as Tai Chi and chair yoga, helpful. However, we also recommend talking with your doctor to develop a gentle exercise program for you before changing or starting a new exercise program. We would be happy to help you and answer any questions you have about stem cell therapy. Feel free to give us a call today at (855) 313-1149 to speak one-on-one with one of our patient coordinators. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  2. Christie

    2 years ago

    I have idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Seriously considering stem cell procedure. My breathing is terrible. What type of exercise can I do that won’t leave me breathless as quickly. On the 6min. walk I could only do 2min

  3. PB

    2 years ago

    Dear Lisa,

    First and foremost, we extend our deepest sympathies to you, your father and your family during this difficult time. As you know, lung disease can cause other issues, and we’re sorry to hear that your father has been going through so much. Thank you for sharing some of your story with us. We would be happy to speak with you regarding stem cell treatment options. Our patient coordinators have a wealth of knowledge about stem cell treatment, cost and candidacy information. So, feel free to contact us today by calling (855) 313-1149, and we would be happy to speak with you one-on-one to answer your questions. We look forward to speaking with you soon.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  4. PB

    2 years ago

    Dear Traci,

    Thank you for your comment. Unfortunately, at this time, insurance does not cover treatment. While we are hopeful that treatment will be covered in the future, this process can take time. Because treatment cost varies depending on treatment type, it’s best to speak one-on-one with one of our patient coordinators. They have a wealth of knowledge about stem cells, treatment and cost, and they would be happy to answer your questions today. We’re here to help, so feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149. We look forward to speaking with you soon.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  5. Lisa Buchanan

    2 years ago

    My father is a former long time smoker. He was being treated by a respiratory doctor for COPD and EMPHAZEMA. While at a urology appointment for another issue he was having, the PA asked my father if his lips were always purple. He said no but as I look back, his lips and nose were purple in color. She told my father to go to the ER. My father did as he was told only to find that his heart went bad from the issues he was having with his lungs. The doctors decided my father was s good candidate for a PACEMAKER. While being transported down to the operating room to get this put in, he went into cardiac arrest. He had no symptoms or pain leading up to his massive heart attack. This happened in December of 2015. He did receive his pacemaker but is now on 8-10 ml of oxygen 24/7. He is struggling with going out in public because of people staring at him. He’s on so much oxygen that he needs to pull the tanks on a cart and one tank will last him 2 hours. He uses a rebreathe machine at home which takes air from the room and turns it into oxygen. They do have portable machines but you can only be on 3 or less ml to use this. He is now struggling to go anywhere except to doctors appointments because of people staring at him. My father will turn 70 years oldinMay7th. Is there any way that I could get information on this to show my father and my stepmom.? She did inquire about s lung transplant but I think she pretty much said because my dad weighs only 112 pounds he wouldn’t be a good candidate per the doctor. Thank you

  6. Traci Wicker

    2 years ago

    I’m getting info for my dad for me and family we want him around longer. I know you said you don’t take insurance is this expensive my father is retired on a pension what is the prices of something like this. I’m willing and hopefully brother’s and sister’s can help if we can get how the paying works we are not rich but we want him around longer and want to do what we can

  7. PB

    2 years ago

    Dear Robert,

    Because your doctor knows you and your health the best, discussing your questions, concerns and possible treatments with him or her is important. You and your doctor can work together to figure out the best treatment plan for you. Sometimes doctors may prescribe oxygen therapy or pulmonary rehabilitation for patients who have COPD or other chronic lung diseases. Again, discussing all possible treatment options with your doctor is important. We would be happy to answer your questions regarding stem cell therapy, so feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  8. Robert Clayton

    2 years ago

    Will a whole lung lavage help my lungs? I have COPD frm smoking, and dust, drywall dust. dirt dust, ewood dust, pressure treated wood dust, asbestos dusts, paint fumes, car flums, acid flumes all through my work in construction. Mold and mildew dust also. Some say that a Oxygen saturation therapy can help. I need help?

  9. Mary

    2 years ago

    What kind of help are you needing, help with medical bills, help with prescriptions cost, etc.?

  10. Cameron Kennerly

    2 years ago

    Hello Renee,

    First and foremost we’d like to start off by extending our deepest sympathies to your recent health struggles. To start, one of the first things we can recommend is to quit smoking if you haven’t already done so. We fully realize just how difficult this process can be but for the sake of your health it is critically important that you stop immediately. The next step would be to change your lifestyle by altering your diet and daily exercise. These small changes will make you healthier and ultimately make breathing a little easier. If you are still experiencing severe difficulties in breathing, it may be time to consider stem cell therapy. To find out what stem cell therapy could mean for you and your quality of life, please contact us at (855) 313-1149 to speak with one of our qualified patient coordinators.

    We look forward to hearing from you Renee and please keep us updated on your health.


    -The Lung Institute

  11. Renee Jones

    2 years ago

    I was a heavy smoker for iver 25 yrs.I finally stopped in 1996. Everything was fine for some years about 7 yrs ago I was told i had copd,it wasn’t a problem just got bad but about 4 months ago I was told i need to b on oxgyen24 hours.can’t do nothing now without being so shirt of breath..I’m a 63 yr oldgrandmother living on small fixed income .is their any help I can get..thanks

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