(HealthDay): Patients hospitalized with diabetes who had not taken the medication had more severe cases of COVID-19, according to a new study.
“Our results highlight the importance of evaluating, monitoring and controlling blood glucose [sugar] in hospitalized patients COVID-19 from the beginning, “said study author Sudip Bajpeyi, an associate professor of kinesiology at the University of Texas at El Paso. He spoke in a statement from the American Diabetes Association, which held its annual virtual meeting on Friday, when the study was presented.
Nearly 1 in 5 Americans with diabetes reported that due to the disease financial pressures of the pandemic, they had to choose between buying food or buying medicine and medical supplies to control your diabetes, according to the study.
The researchers investigated the impact of having uncontrolled diabetes or lack of medication on the severity of COVID-19, focusing on a population that was 89% Hispanic. They noted that the Latino community has been 2.4 times more likely to die from COVID-19 and 50% more likely to have diabetes, compared to white individuals.
40% of Americans who have died of COVID-19 have had diabetes and 1 in 10 people with diabetes hospitalized for COVID-19 die within a week, the researchers said.
The study used medical history of 369 patients with COVID-19 admitted to El Paso University Medical Center. They were classified according to A1C blood levels (a measure of blood sugar control) into one of three groups: normal blood sugar levels, prediabetes, and diabetes. The diabetic group reported on their diabetes management with medications at the time of admission.
The Bajpeyi team found that patients with uncontrolled diabetes had a significantly higher severity of COVID-19, based on a rapid assessment of sepsis-related organ failure and length of hospitalization, compared with the patients they managed diabetes with medication.
According to the study, patients with lower blood sugar levels had less severe complications and shorter hospital stays.
Research presented at meetings is considered preliminary until it is published in a peer-reviewed journal.
The International Diabetes Federation has more advantages diabetes and COVID-19.
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