April 6, 2020
Why Coronavirus Is Dangerous For Diabetics

Why Coronavirus Is Dangerous For Diabetics

There’s a lot of information out
right now about the coronavirus. It’s safe to say almost everyone in
the world is worried about either contracting or spreading the virus. It can be terrifying for
an average healthy person. But what about those
who are high-risk? And the people who get into trouble,
namely who need to be hospitalized, some of whom need intensive care,
are very heavily weighted towards elderly people and those with
underlying conditions like chronic heart disease, chronic lung disease,
kidney disease, diabetes. But why is diabetes on that list
when coronavirus is described as a respiratory illness? The WHO and the CDC putting out
a blanket statement that people have diabetes are at a higher risk. That is very scary to people. And I don’t know that it fully
paints the real picture of what’s happening here. Actor Tom Hanks, who has Type
2 diabetes, was diagnosed with the virus, bringing even more attention and
concern for those living with diabetes as a Type 1 diabetic. I’ve been sheltering in place, but I’m
still anxious as to why I’m at higher risk than everyone else. So we wanted to explore why
is coronavirus more dangerous for diabetics? Diabetes is a complicated disease. There are different types and
many ways to treat it. In 2019, 463 million adults were
living with the disease globally. When someone has diabetes, their body’s
ability to produce insulin is impaired or completely stops. Type 1 diabetics make no insulin at
all and need to inject it. Type 1 makes up 10 percent of
those who are living with diabetes globally. The more common type is type 2. This could mean the body doesn’t
use insulin properly or make enough. It has many forms of treatment
that could include medication, diet, exercise, and many need
to start insulin injections. Either form come with high blood sugar
and high blood sugar can make people more susceptible to other illnesses. And this is a big concern with
people with diabetes is that people with higher blood sugar levels could
be more susceptible to coronavirus. Managing diabetes isn’t as
simple as taking insulin. A lot of other
factors come into play. That’s probably one of the few
topics that make the coronavirus different in people with diabetes. Assuming the immune system
is the same. Is that we have to
deal with the blood sugars. Many things influence how blood
sugar rises and falls. Some are obvious, like the amount
of carbs digested and correctly dosing insulin to the amount of carbs eaten. But there’s also exercise, stress. Just sitting out in the sun
too long can have dramatic effects. Keeping blood sugars in range
reduces the high-risk of contracting coronavirus, but the chance of getting sick
is still as likely as the average person. We spoke to a type
1 diabetic who was recently diagnosed with the coronavirus. I started feeling symptoms like
like slight symptoms Sunday night. I had been at my
girlfriend’s Sunday and Monday. That’s when we saw the 103 fever. And she took me to the doctors
where they gave me an antibiotic and antiviral. The next night, my fever
had gone up to 103. And by the Wednesday morning at 5
or 6, I was 93 and sweating. So we decided to call 9-1-1. They took me to a hospital. But because the type 1, I think that’s
why they admitted me to the ICU and tested me. Patrick is a 30-year-old
type 1 diabetic with well-controlled blood sugars. We spoke to him five
days after testing positive for the coronavirus. Luckily, he is now recovered,
but because of his diabetes, he was put in the intensive
care unit for two nights. Yesterday was the first day I woke
up without a headache and everything. And I pretty much
feel the same today. I haven’t had a fever. I’ve been monitoring my temperature. My cough is small. I feel good. The American Diabetes
Association states people with diabetes are not more likely to get
covid-19 than the general population. The problem people with diabetes face
is primarily a problem of worse outcomes, not greater chance
of contracting the virus. One of the things, particularly very
high blood sugar levels suppress your immune system and and make
people more susceptible to infection. And we see this obviously, for
example, with wound healing, with diabetes that has gone on for a long time
or has high levels of blood sugar. So this is a concern when when
you have a novel infection like corona, people with diabetes
are obviously concerned. Illness is a very common
reason for elevated blood sugars. If you’re sick with the flu or
the coronavirus, the lack of appetite, sleep and just the stress of sickness
make it harder to manage your diabetes. If you have chronically elevated
blood sugar levels, let’s say over 200. Not just one time. You know, I’m talking about
months and months and months. Then your immune system just
doesn’t work that well. The antibodies that usually attack foreign
bodies just don’t work as well. And so those folks are more susceptible,
but the actual immune system is exactly the same. Type 2 diabetes,
there’s this kind of chronic pro-inflammatory situation that underlies the type
2 diabetes and this kind of chronic low grade pro-inflammatory state,
the patients for type 2 diabetes have ultimately a response to
an infection may be somewhat delayed and modified. And that modification is unfavorable,
typically with an inadequate immune response to say agents
like the covid-19 virus. The coronavirus could also affect
the $24 billion insulin market. Before the pandemic sent shockwaves
through the economy, millions of diabetics were facing a crisis, the
price and the availability of insulin. The number one concern I hear in
the diabetes community, it’s actually even beyond an infection is
access to insulin. A person with diabetes, type 1 can essentially
go just a day or two without insulin at the most. And diabetes was a
fatal disease before insulin. The good news is the manufacturers
are stating publicly that the supply chain is safe right now. Another part of that is people
are insecure about their employment right now and in the United States. If you’re under, under or unemployed,
you may lose insurance coverage and insulin is too expensive. That’s another story that was in the
news quite a bit before this happened. But it’s still a problem. Because of the high price of insulin
in the United States some diabetics have turned to Canada to get
it at a lower cost. But now that the border is closed,
it creates yet another hurdle for people to find cheaper options. The two biggest manufacturers of insulin,
Eli Lilly and Novo Nordisk, both stated that they have policies in place
for long term supplies of insulin and plans for those
who can’t afford it. I mean, we absolutely need to keep
our business running for our patients. If we were to to quit manufacturing
product and eat into all the stock that we have and wake up one day with
no product in a time of need like this is out there, it
would just be horrible. So we feel a very, very
important responsibility to do that. Dexcom manufactures continuous glucose monitors
that allow users to see their blood sugar 24/7. The company said it had close to 650,000
patients using its CGM at the end of 2019. I don’t think there’s ever
been a more important time for somebody to keep themselves within a
very narrow band of glucose control, and the only way to do
that is with the sensors. People need this product. So we’ve kept our
manufacturing operations open. At the moment, everything seems to
be running smoothly, but the uncertainty about how long this will go on
is making lots of diabetics concerned for their future. They’re concerned about
having diabetes and with the coronavirus situation, being quarantined in home
or at least trying to stay away from everybody,
as you know. Do you have enough medication? You’ve got to have insulin. You got to
have the pills if you have type 2 diabetes. Pharmacies like Walgreens and CVS
remain open and have waived their delivery fees. There are also smaller businesses stepping
up to help get medicine to those in need. Here’s what 90 days
of supplies looks like for me. This will keep me alive
for the next three months. Some diabetics live day-to-day
and week-to-week on supplies. So it’s incredibly important that
manufacturers and pharmacies stay open during this time. The biggest takeaway for
any diabetic is to do your best to avoid getting sick. The American Diabetes Association says diabetics
are not more likely to get the virus, but will struggle
in recovery if they do. If you look at people who die
that we’ve had reports the medical literature from covid-19 virus at this time. Diabetes did independently stand
out in one study. It was suggestive. Another study, it was patients who were
older with diabetes who also had coronary heart disease. We are really trying to reassure people
with diabetes in a time of incredible fear. You can imagine this is a
pandemic like we’ve never seen before. People with diabetes live with a chronic
disease that puts them at risk for complications that
can be serious. And what we’re trying to do
is get information out there. It starts with the fundamentals. Stay as healthy as possible. Isolate. Distance. Wash your hands. I live with type 1, as does my
brother, taking care of ourselves now is as important as it’s ever been.

100 thoughts on “Why Coronavirus Is Dangerous For Diabetics

  1. Does anyone else think that all this is bs and that there distracting us from something else coming? Or it's just me?

  2. Im a type 1 with a short fuse make it cheap. You can only hold out so much till you blow that short fuse. Cause why should i fear jail or prison. Im already at deaths door knocking to come in but some of my brothers an sisters are not like me.

  3. I know that this doesn't really have much to do with the topic at hand, but it is interesting maybe even a pretty good idea to have a tattoo of your medical condition.

  4. Let's talk about getting back to work how about that …….you know you want to stay six feet away from somebody fine if you think you're at risk of catching the s*** stay away from people….. you know I don't agree with the president all the time but I do agree that we ain't shutting down the f**** country because two huge States can't control the virus because people went off on cruises and trips over to Europe and Asia people going abroad brought that s*** here hold them accountable …..think about it the majority of Americans that live here havent gone on trips leaving the country

  5. Me being a type 1 diabetic, I'm not even going to watch this video as more than half the video they probably don't talk about the title.

  6. lol good thing covid 19 is none of my business. Even if i were to be in quarantine, i would disregard that and continue on, living my regular life.

  7. Well stop making sodas you’re practically selling toxic. Yet the government knows that. It’s sad they’re corrupt and nobody sees it.

  8. This is a great time to beat diabetes with the ketogenic way of eating, to lower your blood sugar and regain your health! Carbohydrates spike your blood sugar. It's best to avoid most of them.

  9. This doesn't make sense because it's a lung disease. I don't believe having diabetes will make people more at risk

  10. I'm 100 pounds, guess im going to hardcore on my exercise lol
    (Trying to give a laugh in this time because its 'depressing')

  11. Why Diane Feinstein is more dangerous!!! She employed a Chinese spy!

  12. In the Bible please read 1John chapter1 verse 9 after that , turn to Romans 1: 9 that's really the only way you will be saved and remember, things WILL only get worse on earth. The Bible predicated this and other events . See what else is coming for us

  13. My sister has had type 1 since she was nine. She's now 21 (almost 22) and they still haven't lowered the price for insulin…

  14. Let's shorten this video up… IF YOU HAVE DIABETES that means your blood sugars are out of control. If your blood sugar is out of control (called hyperglycemia) it can suppress your immune system and make you more susceptible to infection (I.E CORONA VIRUS)

  15. If you do the math worldwide the virus has a 4.57% fatality rate worldwide. Just wanted to point that out we’re gonna be fine

  16. Why do you want to terrorize people? People are well aware of how deadly this is. Watch this instead. Have faith. Watch this, The National anthem as You've Never Heard it. Mona Rose YouTube channel. God Bless! Stay safe!

  17. Thank you for the information. I was diagnosed with Type II diabetes just last June, and didn't realize why diabetics would be considered "high risk". I'm lucky enough to have plenty of supplies on hand and close proximity to a CVS and my physician, so I'm not worried about running out at this time.

  18. I’m not worried people die every day last year 15,000 people died of the common flu get out and enjoy your life this is fake news
    Trump 2020 keep America great

  19. What?!? A diabetic's immune system is the same? A virus attacks the pancreas, the immune system attacks the virus, and all are damaged. If my immune system is the same, why is it I'm recommend to get every flu vaccine there is? Why am I given one, even if supplies are limited? Why did I get meningitis, when the four infants living in my home, only got colds? Seriously? Wow. Just wow.

  20. Why Coronavirus is Dangerous for "insert arbitrary label here".
    Fear Mongering, plain and simple.
    Welcome to the New World Dystopia.

  21. I am from India , my father is 49 yrs old and he has type 1 diabetes . He was infected with this since he was 19 , but what concerns me the most is that 3 people were found positive for covid 19 . They lived about 1/2km from us 😰😰 . I am really scared and concerned about my father . India is completely locked down till april 15th .

  22. Lets talk about how big low IQ welfare races have been living off productive people like giant parasites…. time to go home… and stay home… "Arriba!!"

  23. Diabetics try to maintain ranges from 70 to 140. Am checks are not enough!! Those are always your lowest given you havent eaten all night, am checks should be no higher than 90 to 100. Check a few times a day, for a few days to see where youre at; to see if your current medication regiment is adequate. Remember stress can also elevate your BG, as my kid would say "chill out". After you eat, BG always goes up, wait at least 2 hours before you check BG, should drop to 180 or below within about 2 hours, depending on what and how much you eat. Sustained BG levels of 140 or higher causes the irreversible problems youre all aware of : kidneys, eyes, joint pain and circulatory problems; increasing potential for complications from this [virus] or any other potentially dangerous disease should you become infected. Should you get sick, stress, consume certain medications at anytime, note your BG will usually spike. Self monitor!! Any questions, check with your family MD or a RN that knows DI/DM, Endo's know best, they deal with this stuff every day. Stay Healthy

  24. I’m type 2 diabetic. My A1c is 5.9. It has been as high as 7.6. I never get sick. I haven’t had a cold for 9 years.

  25. Almost everything said about people with diabetes are lies and ignorance despite it being such a simple disease.

    Eat meat and only meat and your disease will vanish.

  26. Excellent report! Although, I want to make a small correction for the narrator. People are not diabetics, they have diabetes (e.g., people with diabetes or who suffer from diabetes).

  27. The WHO is like the mafia……I don’t take any stock in what they put out…….controlled by “elitist communists”…..

  28. Damn half my family is going to die then. My dad's side of the family is at risk of diabetes and my mom's side is risk of stroke

  29. When non diabetics take sugar or too much carbs, the inmune system is affected somehow. This is not a medical statement, it is an opinion not based on any medical data.

  30. My son has type 1.
    This video doesn’t answer the question.
    High blood sugar can’t be controled while sick ???
    Sorry, quite confused..

  31. I love that they used tom hanks as an example….. I think they might be setting him up to "die" from the virus BUT IN ACTUALITY HES A PEDOPHILE THAT DIDNT WANNA FACE JUSTICE

  32. Who the hell thought they are more likely to contract covid, makes no sense its diabetes not two mouthed humans who have an extra entry for the virus

  33. Because they are sick and believing the devil ??? The Communist Red Chinese produce most of the insulin…. You demons are promoting the devil's work ….

  34. So far I've learned that COVID is more dangerous to Seniors, Infants, Smokers, Diabetics, and Obese people.
    So America basically.

  35. The more you talk about it the more danger you're putting in everyone because you're making them even more scared

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