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Diabetes Linked with High COVID-19 Mortality Rates

Jun 2, 2020 by Christian Signorino

33% of in-hospital COVID-19 related deaths in England, are those with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. A recent study has confirmed diabetes is linked to higher COVID-19 mortality rates. The National Diabetes Audit, which about 98% of England’s doctors use, was used to help improve diabetes services and was used for key information for researchers. Data researchers used covered dates March 1st-May 11th, 2020.

Patients with diabetes are more likely to succumb to COVID-19
A recent study reported by Medical News Today states researchers have discovered individuals with type 1 diabetes are 2.86 times more likely to die in-hospital from COVID-19, and individuals with type 2 diabetes are 1.81 times more likely to die in-hospital form COVID-19.

These showings suggest everyone with any type of diabetes is associated with increased risk for in-hospital death because of COVID-19. Although, with these stunning showings, the study's authors emphasize "people under the age of 40 years with either type of diabetes were at very low absolute risk of in-hospital death with COVID-19 during the observation period of this study in England."

This study, among the number of other studies performed, should be used to provide reassurance. Even though having an autoimmune disease or metabolic disorder, diabetics are at low absolute risk. 
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