Living your life with IPF

Lifestyle steps you can take while living with IPF

Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is progressive and unpredictable. However, taking positive actions and living a healthy lifestyle can help you stay prepared for some of the challenges you may face with this disease.

Everyone experiences IPF differently, but you can keep working with your doctor to come up with a plan that works for you. Take a look at the suggestions below for some ways you can get started.

Consider the following healthy steps you can take:

  • Stop smoking if you smoke. Stopping smoking can increase your oxygen levels and lower your heart rate and blood pressure
  • Eat a balanced, nutritious diet. Your healthcare provider can refer you to a nutritionist who can help you
  • Maintain a regular exercise program based on your doctor’s advice
  • Get vaccinations and avoid exposure to infection. Wash your hands frequently, especially during cold and flu season
  • Maintain a healthy weight. Your doctor can give you advice about the best ways to manage your weight
  • Listen to your body. For example, slow down if you’re tired and take a break during activities
  • Join a support community. IPF support groups can be a great source of strength and knowledge for patients and for caregivers. If you experience anxiety or depression, talking with a therapist or psychologist may also be helpful

Always talk to your doctor before making any changes to your routine. For tips on talking to your doctor about IPF, download this Doctor Discussion Guide.

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