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Video: Scientists Have Compared The Risk Of Death From COVID-19 In Different Types Of Diabetes
Scientists have compared the risk of death from COVID-19 in different types of diabetes
Type 1 diabetes mellitus was found to be a more dangerous co-morbidity than type 2 diabetes.
People who have type 1 diabetes have a higher risk of dying from COVID-19 than people with type 2 diabetes. This conclusion was reached by the authors of a study conducted by the British National Health System (NHS), reports The Guardian.
Type 1 diabetes usually develops in young people. This is an autoimmune disease in which the islets of the pancreas that produce insulin are affected. Type 2 diabetes is more common in older people. It is mainly associated with the fact that body tissues become more resistant to insulin.
About a third of COVID-19 deaths in UK hospitals have been linked to diabetes, according to the study. Current statistics show that with coronavirus infection, the risk of death in people with type 1 diabetes is 3.5 times higher compared to the risk of non-diabetics. Patients with type 2 diabetes are twice as likely to die with COVID-19 than those who do not have diabetes.
The report's authors note that age also remains an important factor in the risk of death from COVID-19 for people with any type of diabetes.
“The study showed the degree of risk that coronavirus carries to people with diabetes, depending on the type of diabetes. Importantly, it also shows that higher blood glucose and obesity increase the risk of death for patients with both types of diabetes,”Jonathan Valabhji, NHS clinical director for diabetes and obesity and lead author of the study, told The Guardian.
The study also found that the overall death rate among diabetics in the UK doubled in the early stages of the pandemic. Most of the "additional" deaths occurred in vulnerable social groups: those living in poor areas, ethnic minorities, people with severe background diseases.