- The CDC and World Health Organization both found that people with chronic medical are at higher risk experiencing more serious complications from covid-19 and are at a higher risk for death.
- Currently, 5% of the Indian population is suffering from diabetes. India is home for 77 million diabetecians, second largest in terms of diabetes in the world.
- As of now in world, the reported deaths due to covid-19 in people with diabetes had Type 2 diabetes, these people were older and had heart and/or lung disease. The biggest risk factors seem to be age and the presence of cardiovascular disease.
- People with diabetes are getting infections at somewhat higher rate than those who do not have diabetes and can often have poorer outcomes.
Why diabeticians are at more risk??
- In China, where most cases have occurred so far, people with diabetes had much higher rates of serious complications and death than people without diabetes.
- When people with diabetes develop an illness it is too hard to treat because of fluctuations of glucose levels and due to the presence of other complications in them.
- Hyperglycemia (high levels of sugar, or glucose, in the blood) in diabetics may be a cause of dysfunction of the immune response, which results in failure to control the spread of invading pathogens in diabetic subjects, making diabetics more susceptible to infections.
- Some diabetes patients have damage to their circulatory system, which slows the healing effects of the blood from getting to and from those areas. It is often seen that injuries are healed, taking more time as compared to non diabetecians, which shows poor circulation of blood within body due to high glucose levels in blood.
- Stocking up on basic needs, medical supplies and insulin
Stocking up on medical and food supplies. This might contain extra bottled water (which is necessary in the case of increased blood sugar levels), rubbing alcohol, ketone strips, glucagon, and foods like sugars and hard candies for when you’re too ill to eat but need a bit of sugar. You’ll also want to make sure you have enough medication available to manage your diabetes.
- Making a virtual medical plan if being quarantined
If you’re using insulin, you’ll need at least the week ahead’s supply, and you’ll need to know how to adjust your insulin doses to maintain healthy blood sugar levels. If you’re quarantining yourself or planning to, it’s a smart decision to get your refills arranged with your local pharmacy and to be in regular communication with your healthcare provider.
- Other general safety measures to follow:
Frequently wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20-25 seconds. When soap and running water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand rub with at least 60% alcohol (sanitizer). Always wash hands that are visibly soiled.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Self diagnosis
Staying hydrated, nourished, and constantly checking Blood Glucose is crucial. It’s essential to make sure you aren’t in DKA and check for ketones in the event of high Blood Glucose levels.Leave a reply