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Having trouble breathing? Before you check your lungs, check your blood sugar

by , 07 April 2015

When you think about the symptoms of diabetes, you probably think about weight gain, frequent urination, fatigue and tingling hands and feet, etc.

We're willing to bet respiratory problems never even factored.

But here's the shocking truth: There are 18 causes of breathing difficulties directly related to diabetes.

Read on to discover what a normal symptom is and isn't so you can seek the right treatment if you need it.


Breathing difficulties and diabetes: What’s the link?

“There are a number of complications of diabetes that can negatively affect our breathing,” reports diabetes.co.uk. This includes shortness of breath, asthma and the likes.
But how does your blood sugar affect your respiratory system?
The simplest reason, is excessive body weight. Many diabetics are overweight. This puts strain on your respiratory system and can cause breathing problems like shortness of breath. 
Another issue, according to the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, is that “people with poorly controlled diabetes are more likely to show dips in lung function over time than those with well-controlled diabetes.”
While both of these uncomfortable, they aren’t too serious. 
But there is one breathing problem that is…
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Got these symptoms? See a doctor about your breathing problems immediately

Warning: If you’re diabetic and you suffer from rapid or laboured breathing, watch out. You could have a breathing problem known as Kussmaul breathing.
This respiratory problem is a symptom of diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), a short term complication of diabetes caused by very high blood glucose levels accompanied by a high level of ketones in the blood. 
It’s a potentially life-threatening condition. If you have it, you must seek urgent medical attention.

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