Undernutrition in Patients with COPD and Its Treatment

@inproceedings{Itoh2013UndernutritionIP,
  title={Undernutrition in Patients with COPD and Its Treatment },
  author={Masayuki Itoh and Takao Tsuji and Kenji Nemoto and Hiroyuki Nakamura and Kazutetsu Aoshiba},
  booktitle={Nutrients},
  year={2013}
}
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a chronic inflammatory disorder of the lung and whole body caused mainly by tobacco smoking. Patients with advanced COPD are in a state of undernutrition, referred to as pulmonary cachexia; the exercise performance and quality of life (QOL) of these patients are deteriorated, the vital prognosis is unfavorable, and the medico-economic burden posed by poorly nourished COPD patients is high. The mainstays of COPD treatment are pharmacotherapy… CONTINUE READING
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