COVID-19 and Diabetes: What You Should Know

While there isn’t enough data to show that people with diabetes are more likely to contract COVID-19, the evidence does show they are likely to suffer worse complications that tend to deteriorate more rapidly.

The American Diabetes Association notes the risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19 is likely to be lower if your diabetes is well-managed. However, heart disease and other conditions with diabetes complicate the situation because multiple conditions make it harder for your body to fight off infections.

“We cannot stress this enough – get vaccinated,” said Gina Carnduff, system director for Infection Prevention at Memorial Health System. “People with underlying health conditions – like type 2 and type 1 diabetes – need the vaccine’s frontline defense to protect themselves against serious and potentially life-threatening COVID-19 complications.”

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