If you have diabetes, you are probably used to paying special attention to your health and the life choices you make that can impact your health. COVID-19 has been a challenge for everyone, but particularly for those who already have health complications.
Here’s what you should know about COVID-19 and diabetes:
Your Symptoms May Be Stronger
According to the American Diabetes Association, it is not yet verified that people with diabetes are at a greater risk of contracting the novel coronavirus. However, if you have diabetes and you catch COVID-19, the complications associated with the virus may be more severe.
With diabetes, if you’re infected with any type of virus (not just COVID-19), your chances of serious complications are higher than someone without the disease.
Although, if you are good at managing your diabetes, your risk of severe COVID-19 complications is reduced.
If you have diabetes and become ill with a viral infection (including coronavirus), your risk of diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) is increased. DKA can make it difficult to handle your fluid intake and electrolyte levels, which are both important for controlling sepsis. Some people with COVID-19 have experienced sepsis and septic shock, which are more severe complications associated with the virus.
Symptoms to Watch Out For
Potential symptoms of COVID-19 include the following:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
If you believe you could be developing symptoms, contact your physician right away. When you do, have the following information ready:
- Your glucose reading
- Your ketone reading
- A record of your fluid consumption
- A clear sense of your symptoms
- Your questions about managing your diabetes
COVID-19 can also present the following emergency warning signs:
- Challenges breathing or shortness of breath
- Persistent pain or pressure in your chest
- New confusion
- Inability to wake or stay awake
- Bluish lips or face
If you experience any of the above emergency warning signs, seek medical care immediately.
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