Elderly, Anxiety and COPD

July28_ThursdayBreathing.jpgIN YOUR DAILY DOSE today you’ll discover the link between anxiety and COPD in the adult population. Anxiety can reduce your productivity, your ability to interact at work and with friends and can increase your eating habits, leading to weight gain.

IN MAKING CHANGES today are strategies you can use to reduce your potential for experiencing COPD and anxiety.

IN FACT OR FICTION you’ll discover which planet has the same mass as the earth but appears so much larger.

In The News


According to researchers from the University of Toronto, individuals over the age of 50 who suffer from COPD will suffer from general anxiety disorder (GAD) more than twice as often as individuals over 50 who don’t have COPD.

COPD is an umbrella term that describes several chronic lung diseases which includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Individuals with COPD may also suffer from chronic pain, sleep disorders and functional limitations that can also explain some of the excess risk of individuals with COPD to suffer from anxiety disorders.

According to Science Daily, "Even after accounting for 18 possible risk factors for GAD, individuals with COPD still had 70% higher odds of GAD compared to those without COPD," said lead author, Professor Esme Fuller-Thomson, Sandra Rotman Endowed Chair at the University of Toronto's Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work and Institute for Life Course & Aging.”

SOURCE:  http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/02/160203110814.htm  


Daily Health Tip

Anxiety disorders can increase your risk of developing depression and even dementia. It’s important that no matter the cause, you seek ways of reducing your anxiety levels and therefore your risk potential for greater mental and physical health problems.

By following several strategies daily, you may be able to positively impact your risk potential for experiencing health issues.


Making Changes

Although you may have a higher risk potential of suffering from anxiety disorder, there are several strategies you can use daily that will reduce that risk.

1. Practice some form of meditation. This helps to reduce anxiety levels and focus your mind on something other than yourself. Meditate on God’s word, a specific inanimate object or something great that happened in your life. Do NOT meditate on the bad things that are going on.

2. Practice yoga or add 30 minutes of exercise to your daily routine. Exercise outdoors if you can. The sunlight and outdoor air can improve your outlook on life.

3. Consider professional help. Therapists have a way of delving into the problem and getting to the bottom of the issue. You can’t make something go away, you have to address it first to get past it.

4. Focus outside yourself on someone else. Anxiety and depression increase when you focus on the issue. Instead, find someone else you can focus your attentions and you’ll soon be thinking about them and not you.


My Daily Affirmation

My friends get a lot of positive attention from me. I support their ventures and encourage them to be fearless. My words help to make them more successful.

Today, I am committed to showing my loved ones how I feel about them. I make it a point to share my love.


Fact Or Fiction?

Our solar system is an amazing display of light, mass and gas. One planet is named after the Roman god of war. Can you guess which planet?

Mars is the fourth planet from the sun and named after the Roman god of war.  Mars has approximately the same mass as Earth, but appears much larger. The surface gravity is only 37% of the earth’s gravitational pull which means you can jump three times higher.


Have a wonderful day!

Your Healthy Life America Team


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