What You Should Know
November is National Diabetes Awareness Month and people with diabetes fall into a higher-risk category when it comes to COVID-19.
The American Diabetes Association and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have shared important coronavirus information that both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetics should know.
Although being diabetic does not make a person more susceptible to COVID-19, it can create worse complications if infected by the virus. Other health challenges coupled with diabetes and older age produce an even greater risk.
Scientists are continuing to explore how certain conditions affect the severity of a patient’s symptoms. The CDC website indicates that people with Type 2 diabetes “are at increased risk” and Type 1 or gestational diabetes “might be at increased risk” of severe illness from COVID-19.
The CDC recommends the following:
- Have at least a 30-day supply of your diabetes medicines, including insulin.
- Call your primary care doctor if you feel sick or have concerns about your health.
- If you are feeling ill, follow your healthcare provider’s instructions as well as the CDC’s sick day tips for people with diabetes.
- Contact your nearest community health center if you don’t have a healthcare provider,
Even if you’re not diabetic, it’s incredibly important that you take the coronavirus seriously. Keep wearing your mask, stand at a social distance of at least six feet, and wash your hands!
My team and I are here to answer any questions you may have. Call us at (312) 943-6444 or make an appointment online.
Ramy Bahu, DDS