Diabetes, COVID and financial disparity in America

Diabetes, COVID and financial disparity in America

Diabetes, COVID and financial disparity in America

One thing is extremely clear: Diabetes increases the risk of contracting coronavirus. In fact, people with diabetes have a higher chance of getting a severe case of coronavirus.

The dean of the faculty of epidemiology and population health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Liam Smeeth, confirms that you can add diabetes with poorly managed blood sugar levels and it is an even more dangerous condition for COVID-19.

But diabetes alone is not the only culprit. With it, diabetes brings along other health issues like obesity and hypertension. And if you add smoking to the mix, then we really have fertile grounds of adverse viral infections.

In diabetes, white blood cells are not strong enough to combat high blood sugar level problems. And so people with diabetes are more prone to contract various types of infections.

According to medical research, in a test tube, when you examine cells that fight infection, you can observe that they are not working well when the amount of sugar is high.

Diabetes expert, Dr Anne Peters, says that, regardless of whether a person has diabetes, if they have a viral illness and they go into a hospital, it can shoot up their blood sugar levels.

Peters also says that sometimes medications that treat coronavirus can also spike up the blood sugar level.

Diabetes increases the chance of contracting the coronavirus. And so, now is the best time to eat right, eat healthy foods and exercise enough to prevent coronavirus.

Money, Diabetes and Covid-19

Dr Peters serves her time at two diabetic clinics in the U.S. One clinic is on the west side of Lon Angeles, and the other one is on the east side.

The west side clinic has diabetic patients who are well off and a good amount of money. They can afford new medications and testing equipment. They have enough time and money to exercise and eat well.

The story of diabetic patients on the east side of L.A. is different. Many diabetic patients don’t have basic health insurance, and many don’t have the means to eat well.

Now due to the pandemic as many lose their jobs, the situation has gotten even more difficult. These people are more at risk of contracting the virus and dying from it.

This condition reflects the unequal impact of the pandemic on people who are poor and don’t have the money to eat healthily or live peacefully.

According to USAToday, doctors are now taking the initiative to help diabetic people with no or less money. They are providing medications for three months instead of one.

And organizations are also helping people with diabetes by covering their medical insurance if they have lost their job due to COVID-19.


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