by Chhavi Madaan | 2020-07-25
  • A research was conducted by the U.S government on 24th July 2020 which reported that diabetes has killed nearly 40% of COVID-19 patients. Besides this, it also reported that the death of patients under the age of 65 happened due to their suffering from chronic disease.
  • As per the S Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 10,000 deaths have occurred in 15 states and New York City from February to May.
  • Another study was carried out via a Reuters survey which reported about the statistical data concerning states related to the death of COVID patients that has occurred due to diabetes: –
  1. In 12 states and the district of Columbia.
  2. Ten states including California, Arizona, and Michigan were highlighted as the states who gave incomplete data related to the cause of COVID patients’ deaths. This eventually left the policymakers and clinicians in a state of concern.
  3. Nearly 40% of COVID deaths of diabetic patients occurred in areas like Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and West  Virginia.
  • Since 2009 the number of diabetic patients has been increasing which today has exceeded other industrialized nations. Now, the emergence of the life-threatening pandemic has worsened the situation for all diabetic patients creating a sense of fear & worry in them. Thus, to keep diabetes under control has become a challenging task as COVID has created an imbalance in medical care, exercise, and other healthy habits.
  • Enrique Caballero, a Harvard Medical School diabetes researcher, and endocrinologist concludes about the conditions of the diabetic patients in this pandemic as follows: –
  1. Job loss and employer-sponsored health insurance
  2. Made people work for a longer duration so that they can afford to buy high -priced insulin injections and other medicines
  3. Overall, risking them with more exposure to the virus.

Also, Enrique said that top health officials should have warned about the impact of the virus on the diabetic people, fear of the hospital visits if the don’t follow precautionary measures, and lastly, should have given some advice regarding how to protect themselves at home.

  • The COVID-19 is one of the pandemics that has lasted and harmed more people than other epidemics that took place like SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome), H1N1 Flu, and MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) in which also the cause of death was diabetes. as said by Charles S Dela Cruz, a Yale University physician cum scientist and the Director of the Center of Pulmonary Infection Research and Treatment.
  • Professional experts working in the field of medicine including researchers and doctors are working to discover the connection between the virus and diabetes. They have explained the complications of the virus on diabetic and non- diabetic patients which are as follows: –
  1. The virus is harmful to patients who are obese, have high blood pressure, diabetes, and are elderly.
  2. Attacks the weakened organs in diabetic patients which comprise of kidney-related issues like dialysis, vision loss, heart, and lungs.
  3. Specifically, for diabetic patients, the microscopic study of the virus suggest that it causes cytokine storm, lethal clots, and weaken the immune system.
  • For years, the high price of insulin has crossed the national outrage over drug prices. Early in the pandemic, The American Diabetes Association (ADA) asked the states to reduce the high price of insulin and other glucose-lowering drugs via state-regulated insurance plans. But, none of the states followed the above advice as reported by ADA. Instead few states ordered insurers to make prescription refills more available but didn’t mention the cost.



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