Diabetes can affect many parts of your body including your eyesight, kidneys, your feet and even your brain. But what you may not know is that diabetes can also affect your lungs. If you are diabetic, you are more likely to suffer from certain lung conditions. Moreover, your condition will also have an impact on the normal functioning of your lungs and on how well you can breathe.
Lung Conditions Common in Diabetes
In one study, the health records of about 2 million residents in California were compared. These comprises of diabetics and non-diabetics. It has been found that those who have either Type 2 or Type 1 diabetes are more likely to have:
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Pulmonary fibrosis. This is the kind of disease that involves scarring of the lungs and can interfere with your ability to breathe.
- Pneumonia, and nearly twice as likely to be hospitalized due to it