COVID-19 Program


Diabetes & COVID-19

Diabetes & COVID-19. Researchers report that 40% of people in the U.S. that died from COVID-19 had diabetes. According to Dr. Robert Gabbay, chief scientific and medical officer for the American Diabetes Association, the risk of hospitalization and death related to COVID-19 is 6 to 12 times higher in people with diabetes.

Severe acute respiratory syndrome-coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the etiologic agent of COVID-19, can infect the heart, vascular tissues, and circulating cells through ACE2 (angiotensin-converting enzyme 2), the host cell receptor for the viral spike protein. Acute cardiac injury is a common extrapulmonary manifestation of COVID-19 with potential chronic consequences.

COVID-19 & Cardiovascular

With the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic entering its third year, the extrapulmonary impact of the disease has become increasingly evident. For the cardiovascular system, infection with the etiologic virus, severe acute respiratory syndrome-coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), can manifest acutely and persist into convalescence and possibly beyond.1 Clinical outcomes are worse in patients with COVID-19 with cardiovascular disease and risk factors (eg, hypertension, diabetes, and obesity). Acute cardiac injury, inferred from elevations in cTn (cardiac troponin) levels, is reported in 8% to 62% of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 and is associated with greater disease severity, including the need for mechanical ventilation, and death.2–6

Among hospitalized patients with COVID-19, evidence of acute cardiac compromise is common and includes acute heart failure (3%–33%),71–73 cardiogenic shock (9%–17%),74 myocardial ischemia or infarction (0.9%–11%),71 ventricular dysfunction (left ventricular [10%–41%], right ventricular [33%–47%], biventricular [3%–15%]),75–78 stress cardiomyopathy (2%–5.6%),75,77 arrhythmias (9%–17%),71,72,74,79 venous thromboembolism (23%–27%),73 and arterial thrombosis secondary to viral-mediated coagulopathy.80

Diabetes Testing Centers™ helps medical providers offer our proprietary Post-COVID protocol program to patients.


If You Have Diabetes:

  • Prepare in case you get ill

  • Make sure you have all relevant contact details to hand in case you need them

  • Pay extra attention to your glucose control. Regular monitoring can help avoid complications caused by high or low blood glucose

  • If you do show flu-like symptoms (raised temperature, cough, difficulty breathing), it is important to consult a healthcare professional. If you are coughing up phlegm, this may indicate an infection so you should seek medical support and treatment immediately

  • Any infection is going to raise your glucose levels and increase your need for fluids, so make sure you can access a sufficient supply of water

  • Make sure you have a good supply of the diabetes medications you need. Think what you would need if you had to quarantine yourself for a few weeks

  • Make sure you have access to enough food

  • Make sure you will be able to correct the situation if your blood glucose drops suddenly

  • If you live alone, make sure someone you can rely on knows you have diabetes as you may require assistance if you get ill

  • Keep a regular schedule, avoid overwork, and have a good night's sleep

Major Risk Factors

  • Diabetes: Pre-Diabetes, Diabetes T1, Diabetes T2, and Gestational, COVID-19

  • Hypertension

  • Obesity

  • High Blood Sugars

  • High Blood Pressure

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  • Pre-Diabetes, Diabetes T1, Diabetes T2, Gestational

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