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Can diabetes make COPD worse?

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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Richard Williams
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Dr. Maritza Baez
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Havingdiabetes makes you more at ris to get infections, including lung infections which can make COPD worse.

In brief: Yes

Havingdiabetes makes you more at ris to get infections, including lung infections which can make COPD worse.
Dr. Maritza Baez
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Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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