Diabetes and COVID-19: What You Need to Know

Diabetes and COVIDHaving diabetes means you may be more likely to get very sick if you catch COVID-19. But the risk is likely lower if your diabetes is in good control.

On the other hand, if your diabetes isn’t well-managed, your blood sugar may go up and down a lot. In general, that raises the risk for health problems tied to diabetes.

High blood sugar is a particular concern. It can cause inflammation (swelling inside your body). COVID-19 may do the same. The two together could make you sicker.

Manage Your Diabetes
To reduce your risk, follow your diabetes treatment plan. Take your medicine or insulin as directed. Know what to do if you get sick. Ask your health care provider:

  • How often should I check my blood sugar when I’m sick?
  • When should I check for ketones?
  • Will I need to change my diet, medicine, or insulin if I’m sick?

Take Smart Precautions
Do all you can to stay safe from COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands often.
  • Wear a mask in public.
  • Avoid large gatherings.
  • Stay 6 feet from others who don’t live with you.

At the same time, watch for signs of possible infection. Call your provider if you develop a fever, dry cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms. In a COVID-19 world, staying on top of your health is more important than ever.

Follow Safety Tips
Doctor’s offices, grocery stores, restaurants, pharmacies … what’s safe and what’s not? Are there ways to stay home and still receive supplies? For answers to these questions and more, click here.

Remember: If you have diabetes (or know a loved one with this condition), it’s important to know how to protect against COVID-19.