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A risk profile for severe COVID-19 infection in patients with diabetes
Dr Sanjay Kalra, DM, Bharti Hospital, Karnal Immediate Past President, Endocrine Society of India,  02 June 2021
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A study has identified older age, obesity, heart disease and use of steroids and SGLT2 inhibitors prior to hospitalization for Covid-19 as factors that increase the risk of severe Covid-19 in persons with diabetes. These findings from a retrospective study were presented at the recently concluded annual meeting of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinology (AACE) (May 26-29, 2021 virtual meeting).Patients who had blood glucose levels out of the reference range had greater chances of developing severe infection. About 44% of diabetic patients with severe Covid-19 had glucose levels > 180 mg/dL compared to 38% of those who did not have severe infection. Patients with severe Covid-19 also had more hypoglycaemic episodes compared to patients who did not have severe infection (9.75% vs 8.90%).The multicenter study analysed 1818 people with diabetes who were hospitalized with COVID-...
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