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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 52-56

Diabetes and coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19)

1 Department of Diabetology, Madras Diabetes Research Foundation and Dr. Mohan’s Diabetes Specialities Centre, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Department of Diabetology, Dia Care – Diabetes Care and Hormone Clinic, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
3 Department of Diabetology, Jothydev’s Diabetes Research Centers, Trivandrum, Kerala, India
4 Department of Diabetology, Belgaum Diabetes Centre, Belgaum, Karnataka, India
5 Department of Diabetology, Diacon Hospital, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
6 Department of Diabetology, Joshi Clinic, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
7 Department of Diabetology, Nord University, Bodø, Norway

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Ranjit Unnikrishnan
Madras Diabetes Research Foundation and Dr. Mohan’s Diabetes Specialities Centre, No. 4, Conran Smith Road, Gopalapuram, Chennai 600086, Tamil Nadu.
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/JOD.JOD_36_20

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Ever since the coronavirus disease (COVID) pandemic started hitting the world, the connection between diabetes and coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) started becoming more clear. In this article, we asked the question whether people with diabetes are more prone to COVID-19 and whether they also are likely to get more severe form with the disease and have worse outcomes than people without diabetes. We also discussed the mechanisms by which diabetes worsens COVID-19 and also possible changes to the treatment of diabetes in the presence of COVID-19. Finally, we discuss preventive strategies that need to be taken in people with diabetes to prevent COVID-19.

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