COVID-19 and diabetes mellitus

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, people with diabetes have been known to be at increased risk of developing serious complications from this viral disease. But what was not immediately known was that the new virus could trigger it in people who did not have it before.

An interaction between diabetes and COVID-19 can be seen in two directions; On the one hand, diabetes facilitates the appearance of serious manifestations of COVID-19, and on the other, COVID-19 is capable of triggering serious manifestations of existing diabetes.

A DIABETES APPEARS

Executives from the JDRF, formerly known as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, point to several theories that COVID-19 could lead to diabetes.

For many years, a virus has been considered as a trigger for type 1 diabetes, but it has not yet been conclusively demonstrated because there is no relationship between the many existing viruses and viral infections in relation to the low number of people with type diabetes. 1 among many viruses.

But diabetes as such does increase the risk of more serious COVID-19 infections, in addition to the onset of diabetes complications derived from this chronic disease.

DIABETICS MUST BE CARED

Diabetics must take extreme care against Covid-19 and follow public health guidelines, such as conscientious handwashing, social distancing and the use of the nasobuco to decrease the risk of contracting this infection, in addition to maintaining a strict control of your glycemia and your disease in general, following basic guidelines such as maintaining or reaching an adequate weight, observing a healthy diet, practicing physical exercises every day at home and disciplinedly complying with the medical treatment indicated for your illness. basis, as well as educate yourself on everything related to your diabetes.

Even those who have been diagnosed with prediabetes or have a high risk of developing it due to situations such as obesity, should also take measures to maintain a healthy lifestyle, because now it could be more important than ever to help them prevent future diabetes. , as well as follow all public health guidelines to try to avoid getting COVID-19.

As long as scientific research does not provide conclusive data, it is prudent to assume that patients who have had diabetes during the course of COVID-19 may be at increased risk of definitive diabetes later, even if the diabetes resolves during infection, especially those who are not careful in their diet, weight and exercises.

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