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Sep
18

Study urges dual approach to diabetes, COPD

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Diabetes has long been known to worsen other conditions. Researchers looked at people with both diabetes and COPD and are suggesting treating the conditions together for better outcomes.

COPD-diseasesCOPD is a group of illnesses that involve the restriction of air flow and it stands for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. COPD may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema or both. Chronic means the condition is long term. You will have it the rest of your life, but you can learn to manage it. Pulmonary refers to your lungs and airways. The condition is obstructive because it limits the flow of air into and out of your lungs.

The COPDGene® Study is one of the largest studies ever to investigate the underlying genetic factors of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease or COPD. A primary goal of the study is to find out why some smokers will develop COPD and others will not.

Diabetes educator Elaine Blackwood explains many people with COPD limited their activities or avoid things they used to enjoy because they become short of breath more easily.

Symptoms of COPD include:

  • Constant coughing, sometimes called “smoker’s cough”
  • Shortness of breath while doing activities you used to be able to do
  • Excess sputum (thick mucus cough up from the airways) production
  • Feeling like you can’t breathe
  • Not being able to take a deep breath
  • Wheezing

When COPD is severe, shortness of breath and other symptoms can get in the way of doing even the most basic tasks, such as doing light housework, taking a walk, and even bathing and getting dressed.

COPD develops slowly, and can worsen over time, so be sure to report any symptoms you might have to your doctor or healthcare provider as soon as possible, no matter how mild they may seem.

Diabetes Management & Supplies offers accredited diabetes education services that can make managing diabetes and other conditions an easier task. For more information on care management needs or to enroll in group or individual sessions, call our Education Department at 1-888-738-7929 or email an educator at education@diabetesms.com.

For more on the study, read the full article Dual-pronged approach to diabetes and COPD needed.

 

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