Hyperglycemia linked to mortality in patients diagnosed with community-acquired pneumonia

Pneumonia is a leading cause of death in the world. In India, a rise in pneumonia cases is noted during the monsoon season. Impaired immunity due to diabetes is considered to be a predisposing factor for a wide variety of infectious diseases, including pneumonia.

Key Point: Patients with diabetes or elevated glucose levels at the time that community-acquired pneumonia is diagnosed are at significantly increased risk of death from the disease. It is important to carefully monitor these patients and mandate follow-up care.

A 6-year prospective, multicenter cohort study of almost 7,000 pneumonia patients found that elevated admission levels of glucose in patients diagnosed with community-acquired pneumonia without known preexisting diabetes was a predictor...

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