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People with COPD Show Improvement with Solid Social Support


Having chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), or any chronic lung disease, can be a lonely experience. People can often be around people (even family members) who don’t understand the disease and wonder why they can’t do what they used to do.

If you have a lung disease, you know the importance of keeping up with rehabilitation programs and staying healthy and active, but it’s not always easy sticking to the schedule when it’s only you. Some recent research investigated whether having a good social support network makes a difference in whether someone with a lung disease engages in healthy behaviors.

The researchers knew patient engagement was important for COPD management, but they wondered if there was a noticeable difference in how active patients were and whether they stuck to their rehab if they were on their own or had social help.

There were two kinds of social support identified,

  • Structural: the social network available such as married, or living with partner or caregiver
  • Functional: the support a person perceives they are getting from their social network

The researchers found that participants who

  • lived with others took 903 more steps each day
  • had a spouse or partner caregiver were 11 times more likely to participate in pulmonary rehabilitation
  • scored higher on the functional social support questionnaire, were more likely to receive a pneumococcal vaccination, and slightly less likely to smoke
  • lived with others reported high functional support

The researchers agreed that the patient’s professional healthcare team should assess whether patients are getting the necessary social support to remain healthy and committed, and, if not, try and help them gain access to a social support network.

Doctors also said there should be some way to acknowledge and support the nearly 45 million unpaid family caregivers in the United States who are responsible for most of the day-to-day care and support.

If you or a loved one suffers from a chronic disease like PF, COPD, ILD or other symptoms of lung disease, the Lung Institute may be able to help with a variety of adult stem cell treatment options. Contact us today at (800) 729-3065 to see if you qualify for stem cell therapy, and find out what stem cell therapy could mean for you.


  1. Lung Institute

    4 weeks ago


    We’re happy to answer your questions about stem cell treatment for chronic lung diseases, so feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 to speak one-on-one with a patient coordinator. We look forward to hearing from you soon.


    The Lung Institute

  2. Tammy

    4 weeks ago

    My immune system is low…I keep catching colds that turn to pnumonia. ..I work in healthcare…I have to keep taking time off due to getting sick….what do I do?

  3. Lung Institute

    2 months ago


    Thank you for your comment and question and we hope you get the opportunity to resume your singing career. It is difficult to say exactly what type of improvement you would see with our treatments. Each person is different. We have had people tell us they were formerly avid runners who gave it up and are now able to run again. We have had people who couldn’t walk to their mailbox without stopping a number of times and now can do it effortlessly. 84 percent report an improved quality of life after three months.

    You can learn more about stem cell treatment options and have your questions answered by one of our patient coordinators. Feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 for more information. We look forward to hearing from you soon.


    The Lung Institute

  4. Crystal Geng

    2 months ago

    HI i JUST read your comment and it inspired me to write you. I am a singer, God gave me a beautiful voice long ago, but the past 5 to 6 years my voice has been going due largely to not being able to reach notes or hold them out like I used to due to my COPOD, Asthma. Can Stem Cell really help someone get their voice and their breathing back so someone can sing again? Please let me know. I taught voice for 25 years and I miss my voice terribly. I can’t teach anyone how to sing with sounding like this and I’m disabled physically as well need to make an income once more from home even on the computer teaching voice. Please help me with this, I’m 60 yrs old can’t work a regular job. God Bless You and thanks for your time.

  5. Lung Institute

    3 months ago

    Sunil: Thank you for your comment.

    We only have offices in the United States. We have five locations.
    Tampa, Florida
    Nashville, Tennessee
    Dallas, Texas
    Scottsdale, Arizona
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    You can learn more about stem cell treatment options and have your questions answered by one of our patient coordinators. Feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 for more information. We look forward to hearing from you soon.


    The Lung Institute

  6. Sunil Boricha

    3 months ago

    I wish to have treatment of stem kindly let me know where it is in Bombay? Your article on FB is more important n interesting I found so I m willing to go for. Thx! Sunil Boricha-Mumbai

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