InterMune Know IPF Now

InterMune Know IPF Now

Steps to help maintain your lifestyle

Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is progressive and unpredictable. However, taking positive actions and living a healthy lifestyle can help you stay prepared for some of the challenges you may face with this disease.

Consider the following:

  • Stop smoking as soon as possible. Ask your doctor to recommend support programs and products that can help you stop. Quitting smoking can increase oxygen levels in your blood, lower your blood pressure and heart rate, and reduce your risk of cancer and heart disease. For tips on quitting smoking, click here.

  • Eat a balanced, nutritious diet. While there are no diets that have been proven to specifically help patients with IPF, a balanced, nutritious diet is essential for staying as healthy as possible. As the disease progresses, you may find it hard to keep weight on. A nutritionist can help you with your changing needs at that time.

  • Maintain a regular exercise program. Exercise helps keep your body working as efficiently as possible. Talk to your doctor before beginning a new exercise program.

  • Maintain a healthy weight. Your doctor can give you advice about the best ways to manage your weight.

  • Get vaccinations and avoid exposure to infections. Remember to wash your hands frequently to reduce exposure to germs—especially during cold and flu season.

  • Ask your doctor about supplemental oxygen therapy. Supplemental oxygen therapy can help provide the extra oxygen your body needs to function. Recent advances in technology have resulted in lighter and more discreet oxygen tank designs. Ask your doctor if oxygen therapy is right for you.

  • Listen to your body. Understand your limits. Pace yourself in your activities and get enough rest.

  • Reach out for support. It is important to know that you are not alone. Share your thoughts and feelings with your healthcare team, family, and close friends. Listening to others with IPF talk about their experiences and challenges can give you great insights into living with IPF. If you experience anxiety or depression, talking with a therapist or psychologist may also be helpful.

Always talk to your doctor before making any changes to your routine.

Work with your doctor to monitor your IPF