(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- New research presented at this week's Annual Meeting of the American Diabetes Association shows lung function may be compromised by diabetes.
Researchers analyzed data from the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study, which included people aged 45 to 64 years. Lung function was measured at the start of the study and again after three years. One measurement was of forced vital capacity and another test measured forced expiratory volume in one second. There were 1,187 people with diabetes at the start of the study.
When compared to non-diabetic adults, patients with diabetes had a lower forced vital capacity and a lower forced expiratory volume in one second. The results were maintained even after researchers adjusted for factors such as age, sex, race, smoking rates, physical activity, and co-existing cardiovascular disease. Researchers also noticed a significant relationship between lung function and hyperglycemia. When a person's blood sugar was higher, and less near the optimal range, their lung function decreased.
Researchers conclude, "The results of this study show that diabetes is independently associated with a decrement in lung function consistent with a restrictive ventilatory process. The ARIC study supports the notion that the lung is a possible target organ for diabetes-related complications."
SOURCE: Reported by Ivanhoe Health Correspondent Stacie Overton at the 62nd Annual Meeting of the American Diabetes Association in San Francisco, June 14-18, 2002
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