Friday, March 4, 2011

Inhalers for Asthma and COPD Sufferers May Bring On Diabetes

Sufferers of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) who use inhaled corticosteroids may be at increased risk of developing or progressing diabetes.

In a study at McGill University in Montreal involving 380,000 participants it was found that inhaler use was associated with a 34% increase in new diabetes diagnoses and diabetes progression (intensifying therapy to the point including insulin).

Other researchers suggest that steroids could not be fully responsible for the risk. More concentration must be devoted to lifestyle choices especially diet and nutrition.

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