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COVID 19 and Patients with Diabetes

Coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 is an infectious disease and presently a pandemic. It is also known as novel coronavirus or severe pneumonia with novel pathogens which is caused due to SARS coV-2 which is a respiratory syndrome. However, there are many other viruses of the corona that has been transmitted to humans from the animals. This virus ranges from the common cold to fatal viruses like MERS (Middle East respiratory syndrome) and SARS. People can recover from this virus but in serious conditions, it might result in lung infection, kidney failure, and the demise of the sufferer. Unfortunately, we still do not have any vaccine against this.

More than 318,000 deaths have been reported due to this virus all around the globe. However, the recovery rate is very good and gives a sigh of relief. Initially, it was reported that people in their elderly ages and people who have weaker immune are at the great risk of getting affected by this virus but later experts and doctors claimed that people with some persistent issues related to liver, heart, and kidneys are also at risk. Find more information related to kidney disease and prevention at Karma Ayurveda hospital. In this blog, we will study how those people are at risk of coronavirus who are suffering from diabetes issues.

The present guidelines of the government suggest the use of hand sanitizer, masks, and maintaining social distances in order to prevent the spread of this virus. To impose social distancing strongly and to break the chain of the virus spread, the lockdown has been imposed by the government all around the world. At this crucial time, it is our duty to do the best we can.

Now, as far as the attack of coronavirus on diabetes patients is concerned, there are great chances for them to develop complications like pneumonia from coronavirus.

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How does coronavirus affect diabetes patients?

People with diabetes are highly at risk and can notice fever, cough, and breath shortness if they get exposed to the virus. These signs can be noticed after 2 to 14 days of exposure. Diabetes results in a high level of sugar in the blood and affects the immune system of the human body. The immune of a diabetes patient is very weaker in comparison to those who are healthy which is why it is tough for the patient’s body to fight against the virus. Additionally, there are chances for the virus to thrive in increased blood sugar or glucose. The low state of inflammation in a diabetic makes the healing capacity of an infection very-very slow.

The impact of coronavirus can also be seen on the kidneys for which first-hand prevention can be a healthy lifestyle and balanced diet.

What should a diabetes patient do?

Consultation with the doctor is very necessary after you get attacked by the virus but if you have diabetes, it is very significant for you to take all the health precautions and try to prevent the attack of viruses as much as you can.

Here are some precautions for people with diabetes and for someone who is always around the diabetes patient.

  • It is crucial to wash your hands frequently and thoroughly.
  • Before washing your hands do not touch your face.
  • Do not forget to disinfect and clean the things and objects that are continuously touched.
  • Avoid sharing your towels, tools, food, glass, or anything that have contact with you.
  • It is healthy to cover the nose and mouth with some cloth or tissue when you sneeze or cough.
  • Maintain a good distance from people who have respiratory issues.
  • Stay at home.

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What else can you do?

The struggle of the diabetes patient does not end here. If you have diabetes then you should prepare yourself a little extra for the battle.

Here are the things you should prepare yourself with.

  • You are required to pay more attention to the amount of glucose you consume. This control over glucose will help you in preventing all the complications that you are likely to meet in case of a high or low level of glucose in the blood.
  • Always keep the needed and relevant contacts in knowledge.
  • If you notice any symptoms of flu or virus then immediately consult the healthcare provider/ doctor.
  • If you meet any infection then there are high chances of getting a high sugar level in the blood for which you are required to increase fluid consumption. Make sure you have enough water supplies for that case.
  • Keep all your medicines with you that are going to help you in quarantine.
  • Make sure you have enough and the right-balanced food.
  • If the level of your blood sugar drops suddenly, then you should have all the measures with you to bring it to the right place.
  • Avoid overwork or over-exercise and take proper rest.

Your healthy nutrition

It is very important for diabetes patients to consume healthy nutrients to manage the condition. A balanced diet helps them in making the immune system better and keeps the level of blood sugar stable. You are advised to eat:

  • Food that has a low glycemic index such as noodles and pasta.
  • Do not eat excess fried and packaged foods.
  • Do not eat food that contains a high amount of fat, carbohydrates, and sugar.
  • Eat lean proteins such as egg, milk, beans, etc.
  • You are advised to eat leafy and green vegetables.
  • Eat fruits.

In order to prevent the attack of coronavirus, one should take care of these things and prevent the attack.


Disclaimer:- This blog is for information purposes only. We are not responsible for anything that would happen if you use this information for treatment instead of medical help. In case of an emergency, kindly visit your healthcare provider. If the reader is a kidney patient, we recommend not making any diet or routine changes without consulting his/her doctor or dietitian. For appointments, call at our 24×7 helpline: +91-9871712050 or visit www.karmaayurvedahospital.com

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