Type 1 Diabetes and Coronavirus: What You Should Know

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Type 1 Diabetes and Coronavirus: What You Should Know

June 22, 2020

photo of a woman taking the blood pressure of another womenIf well-managed, people with Type 1 Diabetes are NOT at a higher risk of contracting or developing serious complications from coronavirus. However, consistently high blood sugar and secondary chronic diseases, like lung disease or heart disease, are risk factors.

Prepare, in case you become ill:
Stock up on foods to keep your carbohydrate intake healthy.
Prepare diabetes medical supplies and have medical providers’ phone numbers on hand. Know how to contact your medical provider after office hours, on weekends, and on holidays.

If you become ill:
Monitor your blood sugar and ketones often, every 4 hours. Use a continuous glucose monitor (CGM) or finger sticks. Watch out for elevated ketones, as this could lead to diabetic ketoacidosis. Call your healthcare provider immediately if you have medium to high levels of ketones.
Continue a normal medication schedule. This is important to keep your blood glucose levels under control but can be difficult.

Learn more from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

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