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Diabetes and COVID-19

A person's hands checking their blood sugar levels. Photo by pexels user PhotoMIX Company. Photo used courtesy of pexelsMany of you may support individuals who have diabetes and are looking for resources to help explain and clarify information circulating about the increased risk for complications from COVID-19 that individuals with diabetes may experience. The American Diabetes Association has released a simple language FAQ that includes answers to many questions people may ask about COVID-19 and diabetes. For a more academic explanation, The Lancet has posted an article, COVID-19 in people with diabetes: understanding the reasons for worse outcomes.

Most importantly, the number one thing a person with diabetes can do at this time is to ensure their diabetes is well managed and to take every precaution possible to follow COVID-19 related guidance.   

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