Almost 30 million people in the U.S. have some form of diabetes and one in four may not even realize they are walking around with the disease. Diabetes Awareness Month is an annual event that takes place each November to raise awareness about the risk factors, symptoms, and types of diabetes. People from around the world come together to ring the alarm on the diabetes epidemic.
For people already living with diabetes, it has become a more difficult time managing this disease as the global pandemic continues to pose a threat to their over-all well-being. If you or a loved one are living with a form a diabetes, please exercise extra safety precautions to ensure your optimal protection.
Here are a few Questions and (hopefully) helpful answers about diabetes and COVID-19:
Q: Are people with diabetes more likely to get COVID-19?
A: There is not enough data to show whether people with diabetes are more likely to get COVID-19 than the general population.
Q: Do people with diabetes have a higher chance of serious complications from COVID-19?
A: People with diabetes are more likely to have serious complications from COVID-19. In general, people with diabetes are more likely to have more severe symptoms and complications when infected with any virus.
Q: Are only older people with diabetes more at risk from COVID-19?
A: People of any age with serious underlying medical conditions — such as diabetes, cancer or kidney failure — may face a higher risk of complications if they do get infected.
Q: Are the risks different for people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes?
A: The CDC is continuing to update their website as new information about COVID-19 becomes available. Currently, they are reporting that people of any age with certain underlying medical conditions, including type 2 diabetes, are at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19. Based on what the CDC is reporting at this time, people with type 1 or gestational diabetes might be at an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Any high-risk individual, however, should be taking increased precautions.
The American Diabetes Association is a great place to get the latest updated information about how COVID-19 and the associated risk factors impact individuals with diabetes. Whether or not you or a family member have diabetes, please follow the CDC guidelines for safe conduct to help combat the increasing spread of COVID-19, helping keep yourself, your family, and the community safer.
Stay safe and be well!