Type 1 diabetes does not increase risk for hospitalization from COVID-19, particularly among individuals without diabetes complications, according to an analysis of hospital data.
While data show a higher incidence of severe acute respiratory distress syndrome and increased mortality among patients with diabetes, most patients have type 2 diabetes; less is known about the implications of type 1 diabetes in COVID-19, Roeland J.W. Middelbeek, MD, Msc, staff physician, research associate and instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School and Joslin Diabetes Center, and colleagues wrote in an article published in Diabetes Care.
“In our study of adults with type 1 diabetes admitted to an academic center and who are found to have been infected with COVID-19, we find that their clinical characteristics are quite similar as adults with type 1 diabetes who were admitted to the hospital for other reasons,” Middelbeek told Healio. “Adults with type 1 diabetes admitted during the pandemic with and without COVID-19 had a number of preexisting complications from type 1 diabetes.”
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