COVID-19 And Diabetes

COVID-19 can affect everybody, but those who have pre-existing health conditions are at an increased risk of complications from the virus. Those who are older, and those who have weakened immune systems or illnesses such as diabetes should take extra care. Below are some updated guidelines from Diabetes UK.

1. You may feel worried about access to your medications, diabetes technology or insulin, but you shouldn’t attempt to stockpile.

You will still be able to obtain your prescriptions, and pharmacies have been asked not to support people who try to stockpile. These kinds of behaviours can put other people with diabetes at risk.

2. Understand that the way coronavirus affects people with diabetes varies from person to person.

If you have diabetes and become sick with coronavirus, your body is working overtime to fight the illness meaning the body has less resources to manage diabetes. This means you’re more at risk of blood sugar highs and lows as well as other complications.

3. If you have coronavirus symptoms, implement your sick day rules and check for ketones more closely.

If you are concerned about any of these symptoms, you should always contact your diabetes team. You can also call the Diabetes UK helpline: 0345 123 2399

4. Follow the government guidelines by staying indoors, but remember that exercise is good for our mental health.

Try an online workout class, or go for a run or a walk outside.

5. Communicate with your friends and loved ones as much as possible.

We have an abundance of technology which makes communicating during this time much easier. Make the most of Skype, Facebook, Zoom and other video conferencing services to nurture your relationships with friends and family.

Type 1 Diabetic, nurse and diabetes educator Danica filmed this helpful Youtube video.

Below are some links for managing diabetes during this difficult period.

  1. Diabetes UK: I have Diabetes, am I at greater risk?
  2. Diabetes UK COVID-19 update
  3. Diabetes Times: Being stringent during the pandemic
  4. Homemade hand sanitiser recipes

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