Losing Weight and PH

Posted on May 10, 2018

Losing weight isn't easy for most people, and pulmonary hypertension makes it all the more difficult. Living with PH means decreased lung function, shortness of breath during everyday activities, retained water weight, and limited mobility. All of these things compound to make exercise and healthy cooking overwhelming.

On myPHteam, the social network and online support group for those living pulmonary hypertension, members talk about a range of personal experiences and struggles. Losing weight is one of the top 10 topics most discussed.

Here are some conversations about losing weight:

Has anyone else been told by their doctor to lose weight?

I was kinda naughty and didn't watch the things I ate. I'll have to be good to get the water etc off my legs now.

I can tell that I've lost 7-8 pounds & I feel much better. I have more energy & desire to do things / get out of the house.

I am struggling with the weight gain I think that's where the depression comes in. However, my Dr. said no exercise on purpose prior to pulmonary rehab.

How did you lose so much weight? I need to lose a lot of weight and would really like some tips on how to do it.

I joined a Healthy Living exercise program (working similar to a pulmonary or cardiac rehab group). I go 3 times per wk (1.5 hrs) of exercise with several health professionals that are working WITH me.

Can you relate?

Have another topic you'd like to discuss or explore? Go to myPHteam today and start the conversation. You'll be surprised just how many others may share similar stories.

Feel free to ask a question here.

A myPHteam Member said:

Start taking pulmonary rehab, maybe through your drs or maybe your hospital class that if you are on Medicare it should pay for it but your oxygen… read more

posted 4 days ago

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