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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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I have type 2 diabetes. My fasting blood sugar is around 7.2 to 7.8 lately. My last A1C was 7.2. My city just told us that anyone with a compromised immune system should stay inside for 14 days in a row. Should I include myself in that group?

On a side note: I'm trying to cut back on calories to lose weight fast and get out of the diabetes category but I think it's too late...but every pound helps, I guess...dieting is so hard right now. I'm inclined to eat even more because of the stress. I've been doing light exercise.

EDIT: Nevermind, it appears diabetes is on the government site's list...

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Yup, diabetes (of any type) puts us at higher risk. Apparently the risk is lower if blood glucose is low and well-controlled, but there's a lot we don't yet know about COVID-19 interacts with our bodies.

This is a crazy time for many people and most folks I know are stressed one way or another by the illness, by finances, by kids home when they're trying to work... So be good to yourself, Phoenix.

Light exercise is good and it can become heavier exercise once you're used to it. If nothing else, going for a walk or doing something around the house can take your mind off what's going on outside the walls.

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Yup, diabetes (of any type) puts us at higher risk. Apparently the risk is lower if blood glucose is low and well-controlled, but there's a lot we don't yet know about COVID-19 interacts with our bodies.

This is a crazy time for many people and most folks I know are stressed one way or another by the illness, by finances, by kids home when they're trying to work... So be good to yourself, Phoenix.

Light exercise is good and it can become heavier exercise once you're used to it. If nothing else, going for a walk or doing something around the house can take your mind off what's going on outside the walls.
Thanks for commenting. I have a few hobbies I can do indoors. I wonder if I can get out of the diabetes category by eating properly for the next month.

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Keep in mind there's still a lot of unknowns about this virus - everything that has been said in this thread makes perfect sense and I'm not debating it however as a database programmer who follows the rules of data science we need good hard data - for all we know it may not even be affecting people with diabetes or it could be the opposite - I've seen no information one way or another at this point so like everyone else all I can say - keep your BGs under control and stay socially isolated if you can. Love to see the numbers - reviewed the study the Chinese did on Blood Type - they noticed a data trend that people with type O seemed to be less affected but there's been no peer review etc - I'm type O so hopefully there's something to that data trend.

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I'm type O so hopefully there's something to that data trend.
Ooh, yeah! Go O! Go O!


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