Is there a link between COPD and diabetes?

According to a recent study, there may be a link between COPD and type 2 diabetes. People with COPD suffer from the inflammation of the lungs which causes a chronic obstruction of the airflow, and research suggests that the type of inflammation typical of COPD could be responsible for the development of type 2 diabetes. In turn, the high levels of blood sugar that people with diabetes have due to their high resistance to insulin affect lung function and could potentially increase the risk of developing COPD.

Although more research is needed to better understand the connection, as well as how to best approach the treatment of patients that suffer from both diseases, researchers emphasized that doctors should screen patients for COPD and type 2 diabetes together to improve patient care. Learn more: