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Nutrition can be a powerful tool for managing pulmonary hypertension (PH). Lifestyle changes like limiting salt consumption and controlling fluid intake can help control blood pressure and minimize water retention, both of which can help with breathing. If adopting new diet habits is challenging for you, you’re not alone. MyPHteam members share their struggles as they try to modify their eating habits and encourage each other to stick to nutrition plans that can help them feel their best.
Eating for Pulmonary Hypertension and Other Conditions
Changing eating habits is challenging for many myPHteam members. “I struggle with how to eat right,” one member wrote. Another member shared, “I agree. Trying to figure out how to change your eating habits is hard.”
Many myPHteam members live with multiple health conditions, which can make diet changes more challenging. “I don't know what to eat to help with the inflammation and gout,” one member wrote. Another member with several health conditions commented, “I balance my eating habits according to the diseases and conditions that have special dietary requirements.”
Some members turn to professionals to help them implement a nutrition plan that addresses all of their health needs. “I had an appointment with a nutritionist/diabetic specialist. I learned a lot. Now, just to put it to work. It sounded easy, but when you come home to fix the meal, it's tough,” a myPHteam member wrote.
Eat Better, Feel Better
Many myPHteam members notice that they feel better when they’re able to stick with a healthy diet. “I just feel better when I eat clean,” one member wrote. “The sugar and preservatives make me feel sluggish. Also I have lost some weight from eating this way and that definitely helps my breathing.”
“I really watch my salt,” a member shared with another struggling with diet changes. “Now they have low-sodium soups, tomato sauce, unsalted crackers etc. It does help a lot with swelling.” Another myPHteam member added, “Eating a very low-salt diet helps me walk and move around better.”
Some members are able to maintain a healthy PH diet by finding substitutions for old favorites. One member shared, “Great night in the kitchen. Sweet and sour chicken over zoodles! Only 150 milligrams of sodium per serving. Totally satisfied my craving for Chinese food!”
Sticking to a new diet is an ongoing challenge for many members, and that’s normal. “I sometimes miss the days of eating whatever I wanted, drinking sodas like I wanted and not having to worry about edema,” a myPHteam member posted. “Oh well, baby steps and adjusting to the new normal.”
On myPHteam, the social network and online support group for those living with pulmonary hypertension, members talk about a range of personal experiences and struggles. Diet changes are one of the most discussed topics.
Here are some conversations about diet changes:
Have you changed your diet after being diagnosed with PH? Share your experience in the comments or on myPHteam.
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