During the first few months of COVID-19, many people either avoided or weren’t able to receive their usual appointments or assessments for chronic conditions, such as diabetes. For some, this has resulted in delayed care plan updates and potentially, sub-optimal management of their condition.
A recent article in Cell Metabolism offered notable findings for people with diabetes infected with COVID-19. While the article references a study of people with T2D, the key points can be reasonably applied to people with T1D as well. The findings showed:
1) Having diabetes correlates with a worse outcome for COVID-19. And,
2) People with optimal glycemic control experienced fewer fatalities than those whose blood glucose levels were poorly controlled.
In other words, well-controlled blood glucose could be very important to your recovery if you do catch COVID-19. Until a vaccine is available, there will likely continue to be a variety of measures we will all have to take to avoid COVID-19. Make sure your glucose control is also a priority!
If you have questions about your diabetes, but are unable to have in-person or virtual appointments with your usual healthcare providers, here are some helpful resources:
Diabetes Canada has staffed up their call lines with more CDEs to assist people with questions during the pandemic. Call 1-800-BANTING (226-8464) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Diabetes Depot is operated by LMC Pharmacy and our team of certified pump trainers, CDE nurses, dietitians and pharmacists and fellow T1D pumpers are available to help with your product and care questions. Contact us at email@example.com or 1-888-678-8887.
Free Online Group Education Workshopsare available from the LMC Healthcare Diabetes Education Program. Choose from a variety of topics, including Taking Care of Yourself During COIVD-19, Carb Counting and Advanced Sessions.