How COVID-19 Affects People With Diabetes

Reports have showed that 70% of people who died from COVID19 in Nigeria had either diabetes or hypertension, in fact, most people infected with this virus will develop only mild symptoms, while some recover without treatment.

It is important for you to know that “Having diabetes doesn’t increase your risk of contracting COVID-19”. Everyone has equal opportunity of contracting the disease. Your risk only goes up if you get exposed to someone who has the virus, so make sure you’re maintaining social distancing and washing your hands.

How do people with diabetes fight Corona Virus

First, let us understand why people living with diabetes are at a higher risk.

Your immune system is important in fighting off the COVID-19 virus and people living with uncontrolled diabetes have poor immune systems. Also, the high blood sugar might help the virus thrive.

When diabetes isn’t well managed, there is tendency to have high blood sugar, which suppresses immune system function. When the immune system isn’t performing as well as it should, it is very much difficult fighting off infections, and viral symptoms can be worse.

The good news is that younger people with diabetes in other countries have not been admitted to the hospitals, especially those under the age of 25, however, in older people, the most important thing for them is the blood sugar.

People who had poor sugar control did not do as well as those who controlled their blood sugar. Blood Sugar Control is IMPORTANT

How can people with diabetes prevent infection with the COVID-19 virus?

Prevention of the Corona virus by diabetes patients does not require special techniques or procedures. It is not different from the other methods we have heard that everybody should use.

  • Wash your hands with soap and water frequently, or alcohol based hand sanitizer
  • Keep away from crowded areas, stay 6ft from others
  • Use nose mask if you have to step out of your house

Do not forget that I said Blood Sugar control is important.

How can they control their bood sugar?

  1. Exercise is important, at home of course
  2. Your diet is important, avoid foods with high sugar content
  3. If you do not have kidney problems, drink enough water
  4. Stress increases your blood sugar, avoid it as much as you can
  5. Only go to the hospital when necessary, call your doctor for advice, hospitals can be a high-risk environment during the COVID-19 period.

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