Having diabetes increases your risk of severe illness from COVID-19. Studies have shown that people with diabetes who were admitted to the hospital with severe COVID-19 were more likely to have serious complications and to succumb to the infection. One reason is that people with diabetes often have high blood sugar, which weakens the immune system and makes it less able to fight off infections.
People with diabetes have an even higher risk of severe coronavirus infection if they have another condition (co-morbidity) such as heart or lung disease. A person with diabetes who develops COVID-19 is at increased risk for diabetic complications like diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), a serious condition in which high levels of acids called ketones build up in the blood. DKA can make it harder to control sepsis, a dangerous body-wide reaction that can develop in people with COVID-19.
Therefore, it is absolutely important that people with diabetes take all necessary precautions against COVID-19 infection.
Here are some important tips:
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References: https://www.webmd.com/diabetes/diabetes-and-coronavirus. Accessed 6 October 2020 https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/people-with-medical-conditions.html#:~:text=Having%20type%202%20diabetes%20increases,severe%20illness%20from%20COVID%2D19.&text=Continue%20taking%20your%20diabetes%20pills%20and%20insulin%20as%20usual. Accessed 6 October 2020
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