Diabetes is a disease that occurs when your blood glucose/blood sugar is too high or too low. The main source of energy, glucose, comes from the food we eat. Over time, having too much glucose in your body can cause health issues. Insulin, a hormone made by the pancreas, helps the glucose in your food to get into your cells and get converted into energy. When the body does not make enough insulin or stops making insulin, this glucose stays in your blood and doesn’t reach your cells.
Diabetics need to take medicines or inject insulin multiple times a day to control their glucose levels. Uncontrolled glucose levels can lead to severe health problems like kidney failure, heart disease, retinopathy, dental disease, nerve damage, foot problems and loss of limbs.
According to experts, people with diabetes are more likely to have serious complications from COVID-19, especially if their diabetic condition is not managed optimally. The odds of a COVID-19 related hospitalization for Type 1 and Type 2 diabetics are three- to four-fold higher than patients without it.
There is indeed a higher risk of Covid-related damage for diabetic people. Dexamethasone, a drug used to treat COVID-19 infection, can raise blood sugar levels to dangerous levels. Viral infections can also increase internal swelling or inflammation in diabetics which could contribute to more severe levels of complications.
Unemployment and loss of health care had a direct consequence of increase in complications in diabetic patients during the pandemic.
Following these steps will neither cure your Covid infection nor guarantee immunity from contracting it; however, it will surely improve your overall health and wellness.
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