Respiratory Care Week Celebrates Respiratory Therapists

Respiratory Care Week is the last full week of October and it is designated to honor and recognize Respiratory Therapists. You may have heard the term “Respiratory Therapist” before, but do you know what Respiratory Therapists actually do?

Respiratory Therapists (RT) are certified medical professionals who specialize in providing healthcare for your lungs. There are different types of respiratory therapists, including emergency, pediatric, adult and geriatric, with RTs specializing in one or more areas.

How does one become an RT? How do you know if you need an RT? What do you look for in an RT? Read more:

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: