The Link Between Asthma and Acquiring Type 2 Diabetes

This week,  ran an article questioning if there was a link between asthma and type 2 diabetes:

The conditions and treatment that are involved in living with the chronic disease asthma are among the main life stressors known to trip the gene for diabetes and obesity.

Keep in mind that a person cannot develop type 2 diabetes without having the genetic predisposition to the disease. It’s important to realize that approximately 60% of the US population has the genetic predisposition. Millions of those with asthma have the genetic backdrop for diabetes. The accumulation, number, and severity of life stressors appear to be the difference between merely having the genetic possibility of becoming diabetes and actually acquiring the disease.

Type 2 diabetes takes years to develop. It is a progressive in nature  and progresses from metabolic syndrome to pre diabetes to type 2 diabetes due to life stressors that occur along the way. Having asthma enhances the possibilty of acquiring type 2 diabetes as most of the known life stressors that lead to diabetes are inherent in the disease and its treatment including:

Inactivity (asthma)
High carb intake
Illness (asthma)
Stress (asthma)
Glucose raising medications (asthma).
environmental toxins
weight gain (asthma)

The medications required to treat asthma include steroid -based formulations and inhalers. Steroids are known to raise blood sugar as part of their mechanism of action.

If asthma begins in childhood, it stands to reason that the years of decreased activity, the chronic nature of the illness, the physical and emotional stress, weight gain, and steroid based medications will eventually move a person with the genetic predisposition to type 2 diabetes from glucose intolerance to pre diabetes to type 2 diabetes.

Many people with asthma eventually develop diabetes along with high cholesterol, hypertension, overweight/obesity. All these health issues appear to be linked to the disease, its complications, and treatment.

Weight loss is important for both asthma and type 2 diabetes. Ironically, when a person has diabetes, weight loss cannot be attained by following the traditional low calorie, low fat diet. Diabetes is the result of hormonal imbalance. A proven scientifically based diet for asthma and type 2 diabetes is The Metabolism Miracle or The Diabetes Miracle. These books are written for those with asthma and diabetes and balance the fat gain hormone; insulin …as well as enable “fat burning” as opposed to fat gaining.

It’s time to note that many illnesses can eventually speed the progression to type 2 diabetes and its partner diseases involving cholesterol, triglycerides, blood pressure, and obesity. Long before a person with asthma develops blood sugar abnormalities, he should consider following a lifestyle that can actually prevent the onset of diabetes.


About Diane Kress

Author of The New York Times Bestseller; The Metabolism Miracle, The Metabolism Miracle Cookbook, and The Diabetes Miracle. and The Metabolism Miracle, Revised Edition. Owner, developer, and administrator of The Metabolism Miracle's support site: Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator, Email:
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4 Responses to The Link Between Asthma and Acquiring Type 2 Diabetes

  1. Tawnya says:

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  2. Sheree Ruddy says:

    Educate yourself on potential problems caused by your prescription medications. Many commonly prescribed drugs such as beta blockers can worsen asthma or interact with asthma medications. If you experience any of these side effects, talk with your doctor and make sure you are on a prescription regimen appropriate to manage your asthma as well.

  3. Annie says:

    I am age 52 have asthma and have been on the Metabolism Miracle since June 2012 I have lost 10lbs which is not alot but my blood work improved drastically. I no longer have high cholesterol.

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