Why Diabetes + COVID-19 Is So Dangerous

Living with diabetes—a disease in which the body doesn’t properly process glucose, or sugar, from food—has always been complicated.

But the arrival of the coronavirus has multiplied those challenges. As a result, many of the estimated 34 million Americans with diabetes (about 1 in 10 people) and 88 million with prediabetes (about 1 in 3 adults) may now be fighting for their lives in more ways than one.

Testing for both COVID-19 and diabetes is available at no cost to Free Clinic Patients. Call us at 540-948-3667 to schedule an appointment.

Why Diabetes + COVID-19 Is So Dangerous

In this special report on diabetes + COVID-19, Consumer Reports says people with diabetes and those who are at risk for it are far more likely to experience severe complications if they become ill with the coronavirus.

The Truth About Prediabetes

Just over a third of American adults have prediabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That means their body does not respond normally to the hormone insulin.

Prediabetes hikes the risk of not only diabetes but also heart disease and stroke. Yet many people with pre­diabetes don’t know they have it, in part because it often has no obvious symptoms.

People younger than 45 who are overweight and have at least one other risk factor—such as high blood pressure or cholesterol, a family history of diabetes, or a sedentary lifestyle—should be screened, according to the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and other medical organizations. If results are normal, retest every three years; for borderline high (prediabetes), every one to two years.

Madison Free Clinic patients are eligible for no-cost diabetes testing and treatment, including help with prescription medications if necessary. Simply call us at 540-948-3667 to request an appointment.

The Truth About Prediabetes

Consumer Reports reveals the truth about prediabetes, which hikes the risk of not only diabetes but also heart disease and stroke. Yet many people with pre­diabetes don’t know they have it.

Stress and Diabetes – It’s a Catch-22

Stress affects everyone to some degree, but it may be more difficult to manage when people learn that they have diabetes. Diabetes is a relentless disease that requires constant attention, awareness, and decision-making. Diabetes self-management can therefore be demanding, complex, and stressful. In fact, it´s a wrenching dilemma as diabetes gets you stressed out and the stress worsens your diabetes.

Controlling Diabetes Takes on Greater Urgency During COVID-19 Pandemic

After cardiovascular disease, diabetes is the second most common underlying health condition associated with severe outcomes in COVID-19 patients, making people with diabetes six times more likely to be hospitalized and 12 times more likely to die than those without pre-existing, underlying conditions, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

But having diabetes under control can make all the difference.

Diabetes and Bones – A Risky Business!

It´s estimated that worldwide an osteoporotic fracture occurs every 3 seconds, which amounts to almost 25 000 fractures per day or 9 million per year. Sadly, it´s quite likely to be a person living with diabetes as research shows that they are three times more likely to break a bone than persons how don’t have diabetes. Scientists have for years tried to figure out why the bones of people with both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes are so fragile.

 

Also, see https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4753802/