Understanding COVID-19 If You Have Diabetes

The dangers of the novel coronavirus seem to be bigger for those diagnosed with diabetes. According to the American Diabetes Association COVID-19 is, indeed, more complicated than the known flu, especially for diabetics. Proceeding with care is essential.

The WHO (World Health Organization) warns people that those who are at risk of contracting the disease are people who have pre-existing medical conditions and people who are older. Those who have underlying conditions, such as diabetes, lung disease, heart disease, high blood pressure, and cancer, end up getting sicker when they get the virus.

Shortly after the United States started to accumulate COVID-19 infections and deaths, Tom Hanks informed everyone that he and his wife contracted the virus while they were in Australia. The American actor is a Type II diabetic. He posted on Instagram that he had body aches and fatigue, but he said he was isolating himself and that he and his wife were fine. His case is said to be mild, but there have been growing concerns about how this virus affects diabetic patients.

Increased Risk of COVID-19 Infection
Diabetes Type I and Type II can increase your risk of contracting COVID-19. Based on the Current Diabetes Review, Type II diabetes may increase the possibility of acquiring infectious ailments. Other studies suggest the same for Type I diabetes.

Higher Complication and Death Rates
The American Diabetes Association states that most cases in China involve higher rates of COVID-19 complications and death in people with diabetes because of the following reasons:
• Immune system dysfunction. Hyperglycemia is known to cause your immune system to malfunction. This results in your body’s inability to control the proliferation of the pathogens if you’re diabetic. When this happens, you become more vulnerable to various infections.

• Circulatory system damage. Experts say that some diabetics have damage to their circulatory system, which retards the healing effects of good blood circulation. When a person with diabetes fights off disease, the body remains vulnerable. A diabetic person’s body tends to experience inflammatory responses, which slows down any immune response to new illnesses.

It can be overwhelming for diabetics and their loved ones to face COVID-19. During moments of uncertainty in these troubled times, strength, compassion, and vigilance must prevail.

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