Type 2 diabetes may exacerbate pulmonary dysfunction in CHF patients

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – In patients with CHF, comorbid non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM) can potentiate the deterioration of lung function and exercise capacity, according to data from what is reportedly the first study to examine this issue.

Cardiac disease can lead to impeded gas transfer, and the same restriction has been documented in adults with insulin-dependent diabetes who do not have cardiac disease, Dr. Marco Guazzi and colleagues, at the Institute of Cardiology, University of Milan, note in the American Journal of Cardiology for January 15.

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