There’s a lot of information out right now about the corona virus. It’s safe to say almost everyone in the world is worried about either contracting or spreading the virus it can be terrifying for an average healthy person, but what about those who are high risk. And the people who get into trouble namely who need to be hospitalized some of whom need intensive care very heavily weighed towards elderly people and those with underlying conditions chronic heart disease chronic lung disease kidney disease diabetes, although corona virus is described as a respiratory illness. The W.H.O. and the CDC putting out a blanket statement the people diabetes are at a higher risk is very scary to people. Actor Tom Hanks who has type two diabetes was diagnosed with the virus bringing even more tension and concern for those living with diabetes. Diabetes is a complicated disease there are different types and many ways to treat it in twenty nineteen four hundred and sixty three million adults were living with the disease globally when someone has diabetes their body’s ability to produce insulin is impaired or completely stops. Type one diabetics make no insulin at all I need to inject it. Type one makes up 10% of those who are living with diabetes globally the more common type is type two this could mean the body does not use insulin properly or make enough it has many forms of treatment that could include medication diet exercise and many need to start insulin injections. Either form come with high blood sugar and high blood sugar can make people more susceptible to other illnesses and this is a big concern with people with diabetes is that people with higher blood sugar levels can be more susceptible to corona virus. Managing diabetes is not as simple as taking insulin a lot of other factors come into play.That is probably one of the few things that make the corona virus difference in people with diabetes. Assuming the immune system is the same.
The W.H.O. and the CDC putting out a blanket statement the people diabetes are at a higher risk is very scary to people
Many things influence how blood sugar rises and falls somewhere obvious like the amount of carbs digested and correctly dosing insulin to the amount of carbs eaten but there is also an exercise, stress. Just sitting out in the sun too long can have dramatic effects. Keeping blood sugars and range reduces the high risk of contracting coronavirus, but the chance of getting sick is still as likely as the average person.
Managing diabetes is not as simple as taking insulin a lot of other factors come into play
The American diabetes association states people with diabetes are not more likely to get Covid-19 than the general population the problem people with diabetes face is primarily a problem of worse outcomes, not greater chance of contracting the virus. One of the things particularly very high blood sugar levels suppress the immune system and make people more susceptible to infection. Illness is a very common reason for elevated blood sugars.
Just sitting out in the sun too long can have dramatic effects.
Because of the high price of insulin in the United States some diabetics have turned to Canada to get it at a lower cost, but now that the border is closed. It creates yet another hurdle for people to find cheaper options. The two biggest manufactures of insulin ‘Eli Lilly’ and ‘Novo Nor-disk’ both stated that they have policies in place for long term supplies of insulin and plans for those who cannot afford it.