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Coronavirus Diabetic Patients Face Higher Risk

HEALTH: The outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has left every human susceptible to risk especially those with diabetes says, Dr Amir Khan. But recent studies also reveal that those with a history of chronic illnesses, medical complications (like diabetes, high blood pressure) are deemed to be in a “high-risk” category for developing the infection and showcase moderate to severe symptoms. The coronavirus pandemic is much riskier for those suffering from diabetes according to Dr Amir Khan, an NHS doctor and a senior university lecturer in the United Kingdom.

Diabetes is top of the coronavirus risk list for a good reason – high levels of sugars in your blood can dampen your immune system. If your blood sugars have been poorly controlled for some time, this can cause the white cells that help fight off infection to become weaker and fewer in number, leaving you prone to catching infections as well as suffering from the complications of them. It doesn’t matter what type of diabetes you have – now is a really good time to get on top of your sugars.

What does COVID-19 mean for people with diabetes and high blood pressure? Newsbreak Talk discusses comorbidities that place individuals at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19.

Speak with the clinician who manages your diabetes and make sure you are on the right medication. 

Ensure you are taking your medication as prescribed. It may sound silly but lots of my patients forget to take their medication or only take it when they see fit.

Improving your diet by cutting down on carbohydrate-rich foods (bread, chapattis, potatoes and pasta, as well as cakes and sweets) and increasing your physical activity levels will help to bring your blood sugars down and help give your immune system the best possible chance of fighting off the coronavirus.

If you are self-isolating, there are simple exercises you can do at home. Brisk walks around the garden for 10 to 15 minutes a day and climbing the stairs a few times a day is enough to get your heart racing and get you breathing a bit harder – all of which will go some way to improving your physical health.

Stay at home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority during the coronavirus crisis. 

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Source inputs: Newsbreak Lotus FM | Al Jazeera

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Stay at home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority during the coronavirus crisis. 

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