If you have type 2 diabetes and get coronavirus, then you should get your blood sugar in a healthy range to avoid serious complications and symptoms of the virus.

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Experts say that risk factors for COVID-19 include diabetes, obesity, and high blood pressure. This study shows that people with diabetes and COVID-19 are at a higher risk of serious complications and symptoms compared to people without diabetes.

If people with diabetes get coronavirus, then it is crucial to make sure they control their blood sugar level. A study from China shows that people with type 2 diabetes who keep their blood sugar in a healthy range will have better health outcomes and fewer complications from coronavirus than those who do not control their blood sugar. Data also showed that people admitted to the hospital with COVID-19 and type 2 diabetes required more medical attention. This group also had a higher death rate and higher likelihood of damaging organs. On the other hand, people with COVID-19 with well-controlled blood sugar were less likely to die. Further, people who managed their type 2 diabetes well did not need as many medical interventions (like oxygen, for example). They also had fewer health complications in general.

As we know, the coronavirus has greatly impacted our nation, but it has especially devastated the African-American and Hispanic/Latino communities. Tracey Brown, President of the American Diabetes Association said, “The alarming COVID-19 mortality rate in America’s communities of color can be directly linked to problems with health access and resources.” People with fewer resources are the ones without access to quality health care. This includes COVID-19 testing.

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