Diabetes-Related Risks During COVID-19

Diabetes-Related Risks During COVID-19

Obesity, defined by the CDC as having a body mass index of 30 or higher, increases diabetes risk and can worsen outcomes of diabetes and COVID-19 for those already diagnosed. Dr. Mathur suggests speaking with your primary care provider about your weight during your annual physical or if you begin experiencing unusual symptoms such as

Obesity, defined by the CDC as having a body mass index of 30 or higher, increases diabetes risk and can worsen outcomes of diabetes and COVID-19 for those already diagnosed.

Dr. Mathur suggests speaking with your primary care provider about your weight during your annual physical or if you begin experiencing unusual symptoms such as frequent urination or thirst.

People with prediabetes have higher-than-average blood sugar levels but not high enough to be diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Like obesity, prediabetes makes you more prone to developing diabetes. But the vast majority of people with prediabetes—84%—don’t know they have it, according to the CDC.

Both conditions are manageable and can be reversed or stalled with the right health interventions. Being overweight, over the age of 45 or belonging to certain ethnic groups (including of Black and Latino descent) can also raise the risk.

Source: https://www.cedars-sinai.org/blog/diabetes-covid-19.html

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