Statistics indicate that India has the second largest number of people with Diabetes globally. In the current scenario of lockdown, while we all are taking necessary precautions like social distancing and staying home to prevent the rapid spread of COVID-19, managing Diabetes may seem quite challenging. Let us try and understand the situation and come up with solutions to tackle the same.
COVID-19 is a serious public health threat. Older adults and people with pre-existing medical conditions including diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, pulmonary disorders1-5 and obesity with related conditions6 are at a higher risk of experiencing complications and becoming seriously ill.
People with Diabetes are not more likely to get COVID-19 than the general population. However, COVID-19 can cause more severe symptoms and complications in some people living with Diabetes1-8 On the brighter side, if diabetes is well-managed, the risk of getting severely sick from COVID-19 is about the same as the general population.3
Diet, exercise, medicine and monitoring are four pillars for effective management of Diabetes. The current COVID-19 pandemic calls for a strict adherence to ensure that each one of these parameters are looked after adequately.
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5. Diabetes UK: https://www.diabetes.org.uk/about_us/news/coronavirus
8. Obesity UK guidance: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people/guidance-on-social-distancing-for-everyone-in-the-uk-and-protecting-older-people-and-vulnerable-adults