Does Diabetes Increase the Risk of COVID-19 Infection?


The Corona virus already has a high rate of spreading infection and various cases have shown that the condition of the patient gets life threatening and prone to infection due to co-morbidity. It is very difficult for the people with chronic diseases like heart diseases, lung diseases and diabetes. These medical conditions are very common in people, but these make them vulnerable in the present condition.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that you are unable to manage your diabetes, it would put you at risk of contracting the virus and making your health conditions complicated. However, just having diabetes does not necessarily mean you would be infected.

The Risks Involved with Diabetes

Your body in diabetes may suffer from insulin resistance (in type 2 diabetes) or inadequate production of insulin naturally. It causes inflammation in the cells and over a considerable period of time it damages the major organs of the body such as heart, kidneys and eyes. This inflammation also reduces the immune response of the body which leads to slow healing and makes it easy to get infected. It would hardly be able to fight the corona virus with such low immunity.

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Few Tips to Manage Diabetes During COVID-19 Pandemic

  • Take medicine properly and store extra in your stock for emergency. Take your prescribed medication seriously. A delay or alteration in the medicine can lead to serious health issues.
  • Maintain healthy lifestyle – Proper diet, regular exercise and enough fluid in your body is very necessary to keep your body fit and healthy.
  • Keep yourself stress and anxiety free. Having a good mental health is very important for overall wellbeing of your body.
  • Practicing social distancing, maintaining hygiene and sanitizing and wearing masks are a must.
  • Always be prepared for any emergency situation and save a list of emergency contacts in your phone.

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