Even with a higher comorbidity index, there was not a significant difference in the length of hospitalization in COPD exacerbations between diabetic and non-diabetic patients, researchers reported at ERS 2016.

Patients with diabetes and COPD spent about 11.1 days in hospital compared with 11.9 days for those hospitalized with COPD alone for COPD exacerbations (P=0.32), according to Michele Porzio, MD, at the University Hospitals of Strasbourg in France.

There also was no difference in mortality, with four deaths (7%) among the 42 patients with co-morbid diabetes and COPD and three deaths (6%) among the 48 patients in non-diabetic patients with COPD.

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