RAS blockers may protect patients with T2DM from pneumonia

Findings from the Australian cohort could be useful in the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers suggest

People with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) who are taking renin-angiotensin system (RAS) blockers may be reducing their risk of hospitalisation for a severe lower respiratory tract infection, Australian researchers say.

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The findings, based on data from the Fremantle Diabetes Study, showed that patients on RAS blockers had a 36% reduction in the risk of hospitalisation for influenza or pneumonia compared with others not on the drugs, over a mean follow-up of 6.4 years.