COPD and Co-morbidities
Comorbidities such as coronary artery disease, diabetes mellitus, osteoporosis, hypertension and muscle weakness are commonly seen in the person with Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), but their prevalence varies tremendously. Tobacco smoking is a common risk factor for many of these comorbidities and for COPD, making it tough to draw conclusions about the relationship between COPD and these comorbidities including Lung Cancer. Pneumonia occurs when bacteria enter the lungs; which can weaken the lungs by creating an infection. This can lead to continuous illness and this downward spiral can lead to a rapid deterioration of health in COPD patient. Respiratory Insufficiency is an important complication of Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.