Colds and flu

Posted by: greg lehmann | 2020/02/13


Diabetic flu complications

When I got my flu shot last year I asked my doctor what complications being diabetic I'm prone to if I come down with the flu. She told me I'm more prone to pneumonia and (get this) pleurisy if I come down with the flu! (Being 60 also increases my flu complication risk.) Have there been flu victims who developed pleurisy as a flu complication and what else does being diabetic make me at risk for if I come down with the flu?

Expert's Reply


Flu expert
- 2020/02/25


I think it comes down to the fact that, as a diabetic, your immune system is already working harder than it should - the added stress of this can cause more severe side-effects from the flu. The one that could potentially be the most serious is pneumonia, and yes pleurisy, although that is rare. You could also develop respiratory distress syndrome as a direct effect of the pneumonia, or other secondary infections such as sinusitis. 

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