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COVID-19 and diabetics: increased risk?


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Old 03-18-2020, 20:14   #1
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Hope everyone is safe and healthy as we all go through these crazy times. Can anyone explain why as a diabetic we are considered a higher risk with coronavirus? Also came across an opinion that as a diabetic creatine is out, thoughts?


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Good question! I had heard that often, too, but really didn't dive into why until you posted your question.

I did suspect that diabetics with poorly-controlled blood glucose would be worse off -- and that is correct -- but apparently even diabetics under better control may be at increased risk. According to the International Diabetes Federation (in this USA Today article), there may be two reasons for complications:

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"Firstly, the immune system is compromised, making it harder to fight the virus and likely leading to a longer recovery period."
Diabetics tend to heal more slowly than non-diabetics and sometimes get secondary infections -- a consideration for an illness that creates lesions on the lungs. The same risk exists for skin injuries, etc.

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"Secondly, the virus may thrive in an environment of elevated blood glucose."
Many diabetics following the American standard of care have A1c levels in the 7s, considerably higher than that of non-diabetics (and, in fact, higher than many of us here) -- an environment of elevated blood glucose.

It's another reason to be try to keep our A1c/BG levels low and stable. Of course, I'm not a medical professional. But I feel better knowing that I and many of us have A1c levels fairly comparable to non-diabetics -- that's gotta be a plus in our favor in combating COVID-19.

Anyone else finding additional data points?

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Thanks for the great info... fairly new and still learning.

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Thanks for the great info... fairly new and still learning.
Gabriel, when it comes to COVID-19, we are all learning. Sometimes it feels that we're learning by the hour.

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