The Inimical Connection Between Novel Coronavirus & Diabetes

Posted on Healthcare By DoctorUna - Published on 2020-09-23

Medical experts and researchers are finding new and baffling evidence about the novel coronavirus infection that has affected millions of people all over the world. Among new symptoms being discovered, it is a fact that people with type 2 diabetes are twice as likely to develop severe complications and prolonged symptoms when infected with COVID19.

The WebMD study suggests that almost twenty-five percent of the COVID19 cases with severe symptoms also suffer from chronic diabetes. According to a Gulf News spokesperson, almost 40 percent of people who succumbed to COVID19 in the UAE also had diabetes as a major underlying health condition. 

Double the Risk

Doctors, medical specialists, and researchers in the UAE who are working tirelessly to procure a medicine or drug to combat the deadly coronavirus warn that people with pre-existing chronic health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma, heart problems, and poor immunity as they are at a greater risk of catching the viral infection. 

According to the American Diabetes Association, diabetic people who are COVID19 positive can be at risk of developing serious health complications. In patients with well-managed diabetes, the risk is significantly lower. However, people with uncontrolled diabetes and fluctuating blood sugar levels are at serious risk of contracting heart disease, internal swelling, and lung inflammation issues during their treatment period. 

Why is it difficult for a diabetic person to fight coronavirus?

Even a simple cut on the hand of a person with chronic diabetes takes a long time to heal when compared to a healthy person with zero chronic illnesses. A diabetic individual does not have a robust immune system. His body will be slow at fighting any infection and it may take him many weeks or even months to become virus-free.  During the COVID19 infection, the low blood sugar may weaken the immune system of a diabetes person and there is a possibility of a multi-organ failure.

The Nature of Risk for Type 1 Patients and Type 2 Patients

  • People who are coping with numerous diabetes-related health issues may suffer from intense symptoms if they contract the novel coronavirus infection, irrespective of their diabetes type 1 or 2. 
  • Uncontrolled diabetes with underlying medical conditions can lead to unmanageable coronavirus symptoms. 
  • COVID19 patients with type 1 diabetes could be susceptible to diabetic ketoacidosis or DKA, wherein there is a sudden build-up of acidic fluids in their bodies. 
  • Diabetic patients who are COVID19 positive must be offered 24/7 monitoring by medical specialists. 

Some safety measures to be adopted by diabetics to avoid contracting coronavirus infection are as follows:

  • Do not leave your home unless it is unavoidable.
  • Outdoor chores can be performed by other family members to discourage the diabetic individual from venturing outdoors. 
  • A diabetic should be twice as careful as a normal person and follow good hygiene rules like washing hands with quality hand-wash for at least 20 seconds and wearing a mask (indoor and outdoor). 
  • Diabetic individuals should maintain proper social distancing norms and take their medicines on time.
  • They could invest in indoor exercise equipment such as a treadmill or exercise bike. 
  • They should lead a strict and healthy lifestyle by eating nutritious food and avoiding sugar-laden foodstuffs. 
  • They should use safe (new) needles for checking their diabetes count and while taking insulin shots 
  • They should avoid taking too much stress, which may cause the blood sugar level to shoot up 
  • They need to do regular physical exercises to keep the body weight under control
  • During the lockdown period, they could try new and special diabetic-friendly recipes for gaining maximum health benefits. 

Health Tips for Diabetic Patients

  • Monitor blood sugar levels at regular intervals 
  • Stock extra medications and insulin drugs 
  • Know the process to make a quick tele-appointment with your physician and get an e-prescription
  • Stock on food items for diabetes such as brown rice, health candies, chia seeds, nuts, etc 
  • Save all vital phone contacts of your doctor, health specialists, insurance firm, and local pharmacy. 

You can also book for a tele-appointment session with top-rated specialists or consult the most-recommended endocrinologists in Dubai at DoctorUna to secure good medical care and treatment. 


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