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Breathing Problems? It Might Not Be Your Lungs

When you’re having trouble breathing, the first thing you want to get checked is your lungs. But there are 18 causes of breathing problems that are directly linked to diabetes. Yes! Frequent urination, weight gain, fatigue and tingling hands and feet are not the only symptoms of diabetes.

The link between diabetes and breathing problems

There are a lot of complications of diabetes that can negatively affect your breathing including asthma and shortness of breath.

But, the easiest reason why blood sugar affects your respiratory system is excessive body weight. Most diabetics are overweight. Thus,  putting strain on the respiratory system. Also, causing breathing problems such as shortness of breath. Furthermore, people with poorly controlled diabetes are more likely to show dips in lung function over time than those with well-controlled diabetes.This is according to the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

So, before you have your lungs checked, have your blood sugar checked first.

Already diabetic? Watch out for breathing problems

If you’re diabetic and suffer from rapid or laboured breathing, seek immediate medical attention. You could have a breathing problem called Kussmaul breathing.
This respiratory problem is a symptom of diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), a short term complication of diabetes. In addition, very high blood glucose levels cause it. Also, a high level of ketones in the blood accompany it.  It’s a potentially life-threatening condition. If you have it, you must seek urgent medical attention.
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