[Nutrition management for COPD]

Nihon Rinsho. 2016 May;74(5):801-6.
[Article in Japanese]


Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a chronic inflammatory reaction of the lung and of the whole body, and pulmonary cachexia often occurs during the advanced stage. The effects of nutritional support upon the management of under-nutrition in COPD remain controversial. However, a study of the effects of nutritional supplement therapy upon such patients with COPD has recently been published. The present report comprises a review of recent articles about the nutritional support of patients with COPD, especially those with cachexia, and a discussion about the roles of nutritional supplement therapy, focusing on exercise and treatment with ghrelin and vitamin D in the management of COPD.

Publication types

  • English Abstract
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cachexia / etiology
  • Cachexia / therapy
  • Exercise Therapy
  • Ghrelin / therapeutic use
  • Humans
  • Malnutrition / complications
  • Malnutrition / therapy
  • Nutrition Therapy*
  • Nutritional Support*
  • Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive / etiology
  • Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive / therapy*
  • Vitamin D / therapeutic use


  • Ghrelin
  • Vitamin D