What we know about COVID-19 and diabetes

Dr. Jen Ashton shares some theories about how COVID affects people with diabetes.
1:30 | 02/26/21

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the developments and the latest of course, which we're still in the middle of, this pandemic, here are the numbers from Johns Hopkins university, now 113 million confirmed cases of coronavirus worldwide and death toll in this country alone, now surpassing 580,000. Some encouraging numbers from the CDC, and now more than 68.2 million doses of the vaccine administered, and we can always say, we wish it could have been a better rollout, faster rollout, but it is a positive that more people are getting shots in the arms but now we keep learning, it is amazing in the past year how much we've learned and now we're learning more about covid and diabetes. We've talked about it before. There is the way the virus behaves which is important and interesting, and then there's the way humans behave, and the way the virus behaves in the bodies, so let's do a deep dive on diabetes and what we know with covid-19. Remember, first of all, remember, type one diabetes, you're making insulin, it doesn't work as well and theories that the virus may attack the insulin-producing cells that are located in the pancreas and another theory, the virus as we know causes massive inflammation and that can in turn increase insulin resistance and also people who are treated for covid-19 with steroids, that can affect blood sugar, that's well known, and there are some patients that may have had undiagnosed diabetes before covid and they recover and now they find now they're dealing with diabetes. So all of these things on the table in terms of the pathophysiology in covid. Thank you. Thank you, Alex Presha, with

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