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COVID-19 and Diabetes: Precautions diabetics must take

May 07, 2021 13:19 IST | By Editorji News Desk

The continuing COVID-19 pandemic remains a public health emergency worldwide, and those with underlying health conditions like diabetes remain at the top of the list for risks associated with the novel coronavirus.

According to American Diabetes Association, people with diabetes face greater risks of complications when dealing with COVID-19. The risk of catching the virus in diabetics isn't higher than anyone else but they could face severe health issues if they get sick and if their diabetes isn't well-controlled.

To reduce the chance of getting infected, people with diabetes should strictly practice social distancing, maintain good hygiene, always wear masks in public and try to keep their blood sugar under control as it weakens the immune system and makes it difficult to fight off infections. Here are some more precautions diabetics must follow.

1. Make sure you eat properly and stay hydrated. You need the right amount of carbs to maintain healthy blood sugar levels throughout the day.

2. COVID-19 can reduce your appetite and cause you to eat less, which could affect your sugar levels. Check your blood sugar more often than usual.

3. Take your medication as directed because if you stop taking prescribed medications, you're setting yourself up for serious complications.

4. Try to stay active while you are at home, exercise and walks help to manage diabetes.

5. Take care of your immunity by consuming immunity-boosting foods such as chickpeas, carrots, walnuts, lentils and fatty seafood. 

6. Pay attention to your mental health as social and physical isolation may increase anxiety and depression.

Lastly, watch for symptoms and get yourself tested if required.

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