November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. As COVID-19 continues to rise, people with underlying health conditions are most at risk to be severely impacted by the virus. Since November is Diabetes month and people with diabetes fall into a higher-risk category, I find it important to share the most recent research provided this month by the CDC and the American Diabetes Association.
Being diabetic does not make a person more susceptible to COVID-19 but it can create worse complications than others with no underlying conditions.
Diabetes coupled with other health challenges and older age seems to produce an even greater risk of severe Covid-19 symptoms.
Scientists will undoubtedly continue to explore how certain conditions affect patient outcomes. Currently, the CDC website indicates that people with Type 2 diabetes “are at increased risk” and Type 1 or gestational diabetes “might be at increased risk” of severe illness from COVID-19.
Actions to take per the CDC:
- Continue taking your insulin and/or diabetes medicine as usual.
- Test your blood sugar and keep track of the results
- Make sure that you have at least a 30-day supply of your diabetes medicines, including insulin.
- Follow your healthcare provider’s instructions if you are feeling ill as well as the CDC’s sick day tips for people with diabetes.
- Call your primary care doctor if you feel sick or have concerns about your condition.
- If you don’t have a healthcare provider, contact your nearest community health center or health department.
Regardless of your type of diabetes – or even if you’re not diabetic – it’s incredibly important that you take the coronavirus seriously.
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