Review highlights diabetes risks in COVID-19 disease

An international review has found that elderly people with diabetes who contract COVID-19 are at much higher (up to 50% higher) risk of severe complications including acute respiratory distress syndrome, multiple organ failure and even death.

However, young people with type 1 diabetes, who have good control of their diabetes and who have access to satisfactory healthcare, seem to be at much lower risk.

The report also highlights that damage to the beta cells in the pancreas, as a result of the COVID-19 infection, could result in causing new onset diabetes due to insulin deficiency. The authors suggest previously healthy people with COVID-19 infection to be tested for diabetes at the time they become ill, as it will clearly influence their medical management and health outcomes.

Click here to read the full review in the Lancet

Review by Carolien Koreneff, CDE-RN

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