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Coronavirus and Type 2 Diabetes: Are Diabetics More At-Risk?

How coronavirus could affect diabetics

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One of the complications of diabetes is a diminished ability to heal wounds and prevent infection. And while it’s a health myth that you’re more likely to catch a cold or the flu if you have diabetes, you are at higher risk for serious and potentially deadly flu complications. Because of this, many people with diabetes or loved ones with diabetes are concerned about how the coronavirus impacts people who are diabetic.

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While our knowledge about the coronavirus is continuing to evolve, at this time, there is not enough data to show whether people with diabetes are more likely to get COVID-19 than the general population, according to the American Diabetes Association (ADA). There is also no evidence yet that COVID-19 could contribute to the onset of diabetes.

However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people who have Type 2 diabetes have an increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19, while people with Type 1 diabetes may have an increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19.

Per the ADA, people with diabetes are more likely to experience severe symptoms and complications when infected with any kind of virus, including the flu, the common cold and COVID-19. The CDC recommends that diabetes patients stock up at least a 30-day supply of their diabetes medicines, including insulin, as a coronavirus precaution. The organization also stresses that people with diabetes should make sure to get their annual flu shot.

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