In the current context of COVID 19, accurate diagnosis and treatment of diabetes has become more imperative than ever. While there is not sufficient data to suggest that people with diabetes contract COVID 19 at a higher rate, recent research shows people with diabetes and uncontrolled hyperglycemia are more likely to have serious complications from COVID-19, including longer hospital stays and death.
As health care professionals, special attention needs to be placed on supporting patients with diabetes during the COVID-19 pandemic. Among the actions that health care professionals can take are:
The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky Diabetes Prevention Work group has drafted this communication that we urge all to share with their interdisciplinary teams. Together we can help those with Diabetes and Prediabetes address their risks and increase their resiliency.