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COPD linked to walking problems

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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) has been linked to abnormalities in patients’ muscular systems that affect the way they walk, according to research.

An American study of 31,000 patients aged 40 to 90 years old examined the association between physical activity, the severity of disease and severe walking abnormalities, such as shuffling or limping. The scientists found that severe COPD almost doubled the risk of walking problems.

Decreased physical activity was significantly linked to all but the mildest severity levels of COPD, which was suggested to have contributed to the patients’ poor mechanical outcomes.

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