How the Flu Impacts Chronic Conditions
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- Heart disease — The virus makes the heart work harder, which has the potential to cause a heart attack. Without proper medical care, these problems can become life-threatening.
- Asthma — The flu affects those with already sensitive airways and lungs by increasing inflammation. This leads to an increased risk of worsening asthma symptoms, asthma attacks or pneumonia.
- COPD — Those with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease face COPD exacerbation or the worsening of this condition along with shortness of breath.
- Diabetes — Having the flu can affect your blood sugar levels and keep those with diabetes from eating well. Those who have diabetes can experience ketoacidosis, which is when acidic substances called ketones develop in the body and raise to dangerous levels. Diabetic people can also experience Hyperosmolar Hyperglycemic State, which is when the body has excess sugar and tries to get rid of it. If left untreated, it can lead to severe dehydration.