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Why Covid-19 Kills Those with Diabetes 

May 2, 2020
 

Author: Steve Freed, R.PH., CDE


People with diabetes and Covid-19 have a greater chance of developing severe viral illness, and five times the risk of dying, vs those without diabetes.

At the end of March, preliminary data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for about 7100 US coronavirus patients showed that, along with older age, various health conditions – most commonly diabetes, chronic lung disease, and heart disease – put patients at risk of developing a severe viral illness. Specifically, among intensive care patients with Covid-19, 32% had diabetes. For hospitalized Covid-19 patients not in the ICU, 24% had diabetes. Yet for people with Covid-19 who did not require hospitalization, only 6% had diabetes....

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