People with chronic lung disease use lots of energy to breathe — they can burn 10 times more calories just breathing than someone without chronic lung disease. To prevent unwanted weight loss, follow the guidelines below, as well as those in the General Guidelines for Eating Healthy with Chronic Lung Disease. In addition to preventing weight loss, proper nutrition helps prevent infection, facilitate breathing and maintain a healthy respiratory system.
If you're still not getting enough calories, take a multivitamin and mineral supplement.
Reviewed by health care specialists at UCSF Medical Center.
This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or health care provider. We encourage you to discuss with your doctor any questions or concerns you may have.
Interstitial Lung Disease Program
400 Parnassus Ave., Fifth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 353-2577
Fax: (415) 353-2568