A Warning about the COPD Diet Study Results

A recent widely reported study has shown a direct link between eating fish, fruit and dairy products and improved lung function among patients with COPD, including less emphysema, improved six-minute walk test scores, improved SGRQ questionnaire scores, and a decrease in certain inflammatory indicators. The study results specifically include grapefruit as one of the fruits.

It has long been known that grapefruit and grapefruit juice can interact with certain medications. The interaction level can range from minor changes in a medication’s effectiveness to a dangerous and even deadly level. The list of dangerous side effects includes heart rhythm problems, kidney failure, muscle breakdown, difficulty with breathing and blood clots.

As little as one grapefruit or one 8-ounce glass of grapefruit juice can cause an effect that may last more than 24 hours. To see a list of the more common medications and their side effects when taken with grapefruit, go to: http://www.rxlist.com/grapefruit-page3/supplements.htm

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