For people with diabetes, there could be many factors that make them more likely to suffer severe illness if they get COVID-19. How well you are managing your diabetes, whether you have other health conditions, whether you are keeping up with your doctor’s visits, are all things that could affect your outcome if you were to be exposed to the COVID-19 virus.
Should I worry about COVID more if I have diabetes?
Health professionals aren’t suggesting that people with diabetes are at greater risk of contracting COVID-19. The largest issue people with diabetes have when it comes to COVID-19 is worse outcomes. People with diabetes have much higher rates of severe complications and death than people without diabetes. In general, the more health conditions someone has (for example, diabetes and heart disease), the higher their chance of serious complications from COVID-19. In other words, if you aren’t actively taking care of your diabetes and you do get COVID-19, you will likely get sicker faster.
Data from the CDC shows more than three-quarters of people who died from Covid-19 had at least one preexisting condition. Diabetes was noted as an underlying condition for approximately 4 in 10 patients. Among people younger than 65 who died from COVID or COVID-related issues, about half had diabetes.
While having diabetes alone does not increase your COVID-19 risk, how well your diabetes is managed can impact your risk. Your chance of getting severely sick from COVID-19 is likely to be much lower if your diabetes is well-managed. Having heart disease or other complications in addition to your diabetes could worsen the chance of getting seriously ill from COVID-19, like other viral infections, including seasonal flu, because your body’s ability to fight off an infection is already compromised.
Prevention — controlling blood sugar through diet, exercise, monitoring, and medication — should be your focus.
About EPIC Health
What EPIC Health does:
EPIC Health providers specialize in internal medicine, family practice, pediatrics, and all specialties, including orthopedics, neurosurgery, gastroenterology, cardiology, vascular, podiatry, neurology, and other specialties. We provide healthcare for all, from newborns to adult care and geriatrics. We manage acute and chronic conditions of all types.
History of EPIC Health:
EPIC Health has been taking care of patients like you for over 2 decades. EPIC was formed in 2000, by doctors Greg and Ted Naman. Since then, EPIC has grown into what it is today, adding clinicians, as well as psychologists, podiatrists, exercise physiologists, physical therapists, and dietitians. In 2020, we changed our name from EPIC Primary Care to EPIC Health to better represent the comprehensive healthcare services we provide.
Since our beginning, EPIC Health has developed into a complete healthcare delivery system, from comprehensive primary care practices to world-class specialists, state-of-art healthcare facilities and services, and game-changing care coordination across the care spectrum. Today, we serve the mission of providing quality healthcare through impeccable processes to the communities in which we operate.
How EPIC Health takes care of you:
EPIC Health is a community-led healthcare delivery system. Community-led means that we look out for the people of the community before anything else. The EPIC Health promise is to provide the highest quality of care with a commitment to excellence. Your health and happiness are the primary focus of EPIC healthcare providers
We are taking every precaution within our practices to reduce the risk of infection and the spread of infectious diseases, including COVID-19. This includes offering virtual telehealth visits for certain visits, adding additional sanitation measures within our offices, requiring our staff to wear personal protective equipment, asking patients to maintain social distancing, and more. This means you may experience longer than usual wait times at your next EPIC Health appointment. We are working hard to get things back to normal for our patients while keeping you as safe as possible.
Visit our locations page for more information about our locations and our provider locator to get more information about our providers. We look forward to seeing you soon at one of our state-of-the-art facilities.