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Diabetes is the Biggest Risk Factor for Coronavirus Deaths, says NHS 

The coronavirus is spreading among people without discrimination all around the world while some people with certain health conditions are at a greater risk than others. The fatalities are more commonly seen among people with diseases such as diabetes.

The study of the fatalities due to the coronavirus reveals that people with diabetes are much more likely to die due to the virus. According to the data, the patients with diabetes type 1 are at 3.5 times greater risk to not survive the disease while the patients with diabetes type 2 are at twice the risk of coronavirus death.

The data obtained by the researchers from NHS England suggests that there was a total of 24,739 fatalities out of which 7,831 patients who died were diabetic.

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The experts have suggested that overweight diabetic patients and those with highly fluctuating glucose levels have a greater risk of death due to COVID-19.

Professor Jonathan Valabhji who is a lead researcher said that the findings from this study are worrying. He also said that this shows that people with diabetes are at a higher risk and those patients with diabetes type 1 and diabetes type 2 have a particular risk. The risk is even greater when the patient is obese or does not have a controlled sugar level.

He also added that the NHS is available for diabetic patients and they are trying their best by putting in extra efforts to keep the diabetic people safe. The statistics show that nearly 7 percent of the British population is affected by diabetes which accounts for almost 4.7 million people.

Diabetes type 2 is a health condition in which the body of the patient is not able to process and breakdown glucose which mainly results due to obesity and poor diet and lifestyle. 9 out of 10 cases of diabetic patients are affected by type 2 diabetes.

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The other type is the autoimmune disorder in which the beta cells of the pancreas which are responsible for producing insulin are killed by the immune system of the body. This condition is usually diagnosed at a young age.

The hormone responsible for regulating the sugar level in blood is insulin. Diabetes UK has asked the authorities to ensure the safety of diabetic patients and take extra measures for them so that they can safely do their shopping and business.

The Director of Policy, Bridget Turner said at the charity event that the latest data from the study tells us which group of diabetic people is at a greater risk of poor consequences if they get infected by the coronavirus.

She also said that the more adverse effects of the virus are suffered by patients with older age which is a pattern also seen with the general public.

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The number of fatalities of younger diabetic patients in hospitals has been considerably lower than the patients above the age of 40. It is also seen that diabetic people are at a greater risk of coronavirus death than people who are not diabetic.

Turner also said that since the mortality rate due to the coronavirus is low for both diabetic patients and the general population, the risk will decrease as the number of COVID-19 cases will decrease.

 

Areeba Hussain

The author is a fulltime medical and healthcare writer. She graduated in Medical Microbiology and Immunology with distinction. Her areas of prime interest are medicine, medical technology, disease awareness, and research analysis. Twitter @Areeba94789300

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