People with diabetes who were not taking medication to control their illness were hospitalized longer and took longer to recover than other people with COVID-19, according to research led by Dr. Sudep Bajpeyi of the University of Texas at El Paso. The study also showed that Hispanic people are also 2.4 times more likely to die of COVID-19.
Dr. Camillo Ricordi, a professor and director of the Diabetes Research Institute and the Cell Transplant Center at the University of Miami in Florida stated, “There’s a clear association between having an A1C [blood glucose] level above 7 and the risk of mortality” from COVID-19, said Ricordi.
Initially, the most feared complication of COVID-19 was respiratory failure, studies now show that many other organs, including the kidneys, can be affected by the viral infection, too. In some cases, the virus has caused acute kidney damage.
Alan Kliger, M.D. clinical professor of medicine at Yale University School of Medicine and co-chair of the COVID-19 response group for the American Society of Nephrology, says that those most at risk for acute kidney injury with a COVID-19 infection are people with diabetes, high blood pressure, and chronic kidney disease. "The most important message overall is that for these particularly vulnerable populations, testing patients for symptoms of disease and tracking their contacts is critically important. It's something we have not adequately been able to do in the U.S.,” he says.
Medical providers need to be made aware of the potential impact of cardiovascular conditions, cardiopulmonary, and nephrology complications in COVID-19 patients who require more intensive and frequent monitoring.
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