Q: Does Type 1 Diabetes Make Me High Risk for COVID-19
This does not mean you are more likely to get COVID-19. However, if you do get it, the chance of facing serious illness is greater than in someone without diabetes. In addition, the more health conditions you have, such as high blood pressure or heart disease, the higher the risk.
How Diabetes Impacts COVID-19
There are two reasons type 1 diabetes puts you at higher risk with COVID-19. The first is that your immune system may be compromised, especially if your blood sugar levels are not well-controlled. This means if you contract the virus, your body may not fight it off as effectively.
The second reason is that coronavirus may proliferate in a high glucose environment. If your blood sugar levels are often high, this could provide a foothold for the virus and increase the likelihood of a more serious case.
Manage Your Risk
To decrease your risk, it is essential to keep your diabetes under control. The better you manage your blood sugar, the lower your risk of COVID-19 complications. Additionally, you should always follow CDC guidelines, such as wearing a mask, social distancing, and avoiding crowds.
The COVID-19 vaccine is now available and is safe and effective. For people with diabetes, the vaccine is a valuable tool to decrease your risk of getting COVID-19 or experiencing serious complications.
During this time, it is important to stay in close contact with DETS your healthcare team to keep your diabetes well managed. Contact us to make an appointment.
Be prepared with a sick day management plan so you will know what to do if you get sick. Having a plan in place can help you to manage your blood sugar levels during illness. Schedule an appointment with our DETS diabetes educator to create or review your sick day management plan. Telehealth appointments are also available!