People with type 2 diabetes more likely to suffer from breathlessness, restrictive lung disease

“The current study as well as findings from animal experiments show a significant connection between restrictive lung diseases and diabetes mellitus,” said Professor Michael Kreuter, MD, of the Thorax Clinic / University Hospital Heidelberg. “We therefore suspect that lung disease is a late consequence of type 2 diabetes,” said last author Professor Peter P. Nawroth, MD, medical director of the Department of Endocrinology, Diabetology and Clinical Chemistry at University Hospital Heidelberg and member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the DZD. Patients with diabetes, nephropathy and breathlessness should therefore be examined regularly for RLD.

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