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A 41-year-old member asked:

can diabetes make copd worse?

3 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Maritza Baez
Family Medicine 17 years experience
Yes: Havingdiabetes makes you more at ris to get infections, including lung infections which can make COPD worse.
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 22 years experience
Intriguing thought: I have seen research that diabetes can cause lung damage, and thus theoretically can make COPD worse. I don't think this has been seen clinically. That being said, diabetes has a number of complications which can complicate the health of patients with copd. These complications include heart and vascular disease, kidney disease, etc.
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 18 years experience
Yes: In addition to increases in infection risks, diabetes may be part of a "metabolic syndrome" which can include obesity, hypertension, and cholesterol problems . Obesity can certainly effect breathing. The complications of hypertension/cholesterol (heart disease) can only complicate the copd.

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