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Monday, March 28, 2011

Diabetes and asthma?!

Diabetes and asthma?! I was just reading on Web md about a new study released by the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. It says that asthma may increase your risk of developing diabetes and heart disease. Great, one more thing to worry about! I'm not sure if this link will work - http://www.webmd.com/asthma/default.htm It seems that the inflammation is the common link with asthma, diabetes and heart disease. The link between COPD and diabetes has been shown in many studies. (COPD includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema). So they say that the link between asthma and diabetes is "plausible". They also say steroids can throw someone into a diabetic state. But it doesn't say for how long someone is using steroids. Some people do a short 5 day burst, others use a low dose as a "preventative measure". I guess the caution here would be just to keep an eye on yourself or your kids. Webmd lists the usual symptoms for diabetes as increased thirst and urination, blurred vision and fatigue. If you suspect something, check with your doctor. Just because you have asthma doesn't mean that's all you get to deal with. You can have other medical problems as well. Just a happy thought to start your week out with......

4 comments:

  1. isn't that peachy. That...that would possibly be the end of me. I am at my wits end with "JUST" asthma. Diabetes, too? Oh and you may want to look into the role of Celiac Disease in asthmatics and diabetics. That's a fun one we all have to keep an eye out for too. It is also in my family "pool"...sigh

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  2. I think it's just one thing to keep an eye on, it doesn't mean everyone with asthma will get diabetes, but just be aware of the possibility. How did Xolair go for your daughter?

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  3. We have decided to pursue National Jewish Hospital, if they prescribe it her insurance will give in AND we may get some answers about why her asthma is so severe. Right now the docs (pulmo and ped) are getting everything together to send to the insurance company so cross your fingers!!! It is amazing to me how many of these diseases seem to go together.

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  4. Yes, it's frustrating. Good luck, I have heard of a lot of people battling insurance companies. Son #2 was hospitalized 8 times, and had countless doctor and ER visits. They quickly saw that it would be cost effective for them to prevent the hospitalizations (plus they always like to keep their members alive!) Little bonus.

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