As the coronavirus (COVID-19) spreads at an alarming rate, people with preexisting conditions are taking careful measures to protect themselves.
The CDC states that people living with diabetes are at an increased risk of experiencing complications from COVID-19.
Why someone with diabetes is at an increased risk with COVID-19?
When a diabetic becomes sick they have a harder time managing good blood glucose levels.
Fluctuating blood sugars can make it harder for a diabetic to fight off the illness and can lead to complications such as DKA (diabetic ketoacidosis). A virus has the ability to thrive in elevated glucose levels.
Diabetes affects healing and can take much longer than the average person.
Even people with well controlled diabetes are still at a risk of developing diabetes complications.
When there is too little insulin in the body a diabetic’s cells starve for energy, dehydration occurs, electrolytes deplete, and there is a risk of sepsis.
According to research published in the medical journal The Lancet, sepsis and septic shock are among the severe complications observed in some COVID-19 cases.
What should people with diabetes do to prepare?
The CDC recommends people with preexisting conditions take everyday precautions to protect themselves from COVID-19.
-avoiding contact with sick people
-washing their hands regularly
-not touching their face, among other measures
The best way to try and avoid exposure is to stay home and avoid social gatherings.
Stock up on your necessary diabetes insulin, medication, and supplies. It’s never a bad idea to have extra in case. Due to the virus outbreak, the president has made negotiations with insurance companies to ease restrictions and allow 3 months refill on medications.
The American Diabetes Association recommends gathering simple carbs such as regular soda, honey, jam, Jell-O, hard candies or popsicles.
If you have diabetes and you have symptoms such as:
-feeling short of breath
Then you need to monitor your blood sugar closely and contact your physician/endocrinologist right away.
Other recommendations and what you need to know can be found HERE.
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