KUALA LUMPUR, May 21 — A study from the UK’s National Health Service has found that people with type 1 diabetes are more likely to succumb to Covid-19 infection as compared to those with type 2.
Almost 1 in 3 people who have died of the coronovirus infection thus far in England’s hospitals also had diabetes.
Those with type 1 were almost four times more at risk of dying due to complications of the disease, while type 2 presented twice the risk compared to those without diabetes. Obesity was also identified as a co-morbidity.
The research looked at 7,466 patients with type 2 who had died after testing positive for Covid-19, and 365 patients with type 1 diabetes.
The study found age to be the biggest risk factor for deaths among people diabetics with both types with Covid-19. The majority of fatalities among those over 40.
It also demonstrated that higher clucose levels, obesity and pre-existing kidney disease were linked to higher risk.
Men, persons of black or Asian ethnicity and in deprived communities were also found to be more vulnerable.