Diabetes And Coronavirus: What You Need To Know

Diabetes And Coronavirus: What You Need To Know

We all understand how careful we must be to avoid catching Coronavirus that leads to Covid-19.  But many people are not aware that those with type 1, and type 2 diabetes need to be even more cautious than the average person.

Everyone needs to be careful to avoid the Coronavirus that causes COVID-19. If you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, you should be even more cautious.  Over 34 million people in the United States alone live with a type of diabetes.

 

Diabetes and the Coronavirus Statistics

 

According to WebMD, studies have shown that about 25% of people who went to the hospital with severe COVID-19 infections had diabetes. Those with diabetes were more likely to have serious complications and to die from the virus. One reason is that high blood sugar weakens the immune system and makes it less able to fight off infections.

People with diabetes are not at a higher risk of contracting the virus compared to a non-diabetic.  Rather the complications from the Coronavirus may be worse.  Especially to those who have a diabetes related complication, or if their diabetes isn’t well controlled to begin with.  Studies have shown that Covid-19 could put you at a higher risk for Diabetes Ketoacidosis.

Your risk of catching the virus isn’t higher than anyone else’s. But you could have worse complications if you do get sick. That’s especially true if your diabetes isn’t well-controlled.  Below are some tips to reduce the chances of getting infected:

  • Manage your blood sugar and keep it within normal limits
  • Practice social distancing
  • Practice good hygiene

Have an emergency plan in place in case you were to get sick.  Make sure someone is able to help out and deliver your diabetes medications if needed.

 

Difficulties Obtaining your Diabetes Medications

 

Not everyone who has diabetes obtains their medications from a pharmacy in the United States.  Due to the high cost of Insulin, and other medications, people with diabetes need to live, many travel to Canada and Mexico to purchase their medications