03 Nov COPD: More Physical Activity Equals Less Systemic Inflammation
MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Paul D. Loprinzi, PhD
Center for Health Behavior Research
Department of Health, Exercise Science and Recreation Management
The University of Mississippi, University, MS.
Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?
Dr. Loprinzi: COPD not only induces inflammation in the lung, but systemic inflammation as well. Therefore, individuals with COPD are at an increased risk of cardiovascular and metabolic disease as a result of increased systemic inflammation. Physical activity has been shown to reduce systemic inflammation in the general population, but the association between physical activity and systemic inflammation among those with COPD is less established. Our study demonstrated that individuals with COPD who were more active had less systemic inflammation than those who were less active.
Medical Research: What should clinicians and patients take away from your report?
Dr. Loprinzi: Regular participation of physical activity is particularly important among those with COPD. However, COPD patients should progressively increase their physical activity, with initial physical activity occurring at a low intensity level.
Medical Research: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this study?
Dr. Loprinzi: Future research should focus on identifying an effective dose and progression of physical activity among those with COPD.
Loprinzi, P.D., Walker, J.F., & Lee, H. (2014). Association between physical activity and inflammatory markers among U.S. adults with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. American Journal of Health Promotion, 29(2): 81-88.