Poorly managed diabetes more severe COVID . increases barriers to

by Kara Murez

healthday reporter

TUESDAY, June 29, 2021 (HealthDay News) — With hospitalized patients Diabetes A new study shows that those who were not taking their medication had more severe cases of COVID-19.

“Our results highlight the importance of blood glucose assessment, monitoring and control [sugar] in COVID-19 patients hospitalized from the beginning,” said study author Sudip Bajpai, associate professor of kinesiology at the University of Texas at El Paso. He spoke in a news release from the American Diabetes Association, which held its virtual annual meeting Friday. of , when the study was presented.

Nearly 1 in 5 Americans with diabetes reported that the financial pressures of pandemic pandemicAccording to the study, they had to choose between buying food or buying medicines and medical supplies to manage their diabetes.

Researchers examine the effect of having uncontrolled diabetes – or drug shortage – was on COVID-19 severity, focusing on 89% of the Hispanic population. They noted that Latin communities were 2.4 times more likely to die from COVID-19 and 50% more likely to have diabetes than white individuals.

Forty percent of Americans who die from COVID-19 have diabetes, and 1 in 10 people with diabetes hospitalized for COVID-19 die within a week, the researchers said. She goes.

The study used medical records from 369 patients with COVID-19 admitted to the University Medical Center in El Paso. They were classified on the basis of blood A1C level (a measure blood sugar control) in one of three groups: normal blood sugar level, prediabetes and diabetes. diabetes group told about them diabetes management With the drug at the time of admission.

Bajpai’s team found that the severity of COVID-19 was significantly higher in patients with unmanaged diabetes — based on sepsis-related organ failure assessment and length of hospitalization — than patients who managed diabetes with medication. I was more.

According to the study, patients with low blood sugar levels have fewer serious complications and a shorter hospital stay.

Research presented at meetings is considered preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal.

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The International Diabetes Federation has more Diabetes and COVID-19.

Source: American Diabetes Association, news release, June 25, 2021

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