Physically Active Patients With COPD Less Likely To Experience Depression, Anxiety

MedPage Today (9/4, Boyles) reported that research indicated individuals “with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) who remained physically active were less likely to experience depression and anxiety as their disease progressed.” In the large study, researchers found that “higher physical activity level at baseline was associated with an 11% reduced risk of developing anxiety over 5 years of follow-up, and a 15% reduced risk for depression.” Meanwhile, in a separate “study, a survey of hospital- and community-based exercise practitioners in Canada found that many programs were not following international guidelines for exercise therapy in a COPD patient population.” Both studies were presented at the European Respiratory Society International Congress.

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— “ERS: Exercise Curtails COPD Depression, Anxiety,” Salynn Boyles, MedPage Today, September 4, 2016.

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