1 in 10 COVID-19 Sufferers With Diabetes Dies

News Picture: 1 in 10 Hospitalized COVID-19 Patients With Diabetes Dies: Study

FRIDAY, Could 29, 2020 — Ten % of COVID-19 sufferers with diabetes die inside every week of getting into the hospital and 20% want a ventilator to breathe by that time, a brand new French examine discovered.


Researchers analyzed knowledge on greater than 1,300 COVID-19 sufferers with diabetes, common age 70, who have been hospitalized in France throughout March. Of these, 89% had type 2 diabetes, three% had sort 1, and the remainder had different varieties of diabetes.

The examine discovered that 1 in 5 sufferers had been positioned on a ventilator in intensive care inside seven days of getting into the hospital; 1 in 10 had died; and 18% had been discharged.

“The danger elements for extreme type of COVID-19 [in sufferers with diabetes] are similar to these discovered within the basic inhabitants: age and BMI [weight],” stated researchers led by diabetes specialists Dr. Bertrand Cariou and Dr. Samy Hadjadj, from College Hospital Nantes.


The examine was the primary to analyze how COVID-19 impacts sufferers with diabetes.

Poor blood sugar management did not seem to have an effect on a affected person’s end result, however diabetic issues and older age have been linked to elevated odds of loss of life.

So was the next physique mass index (BMI), an estimate of physique fats primarily based on weight and peak. Sufferers with the next BMI have been additionally extra more likely to want a ventilator.


The examine discovered that 47% of sufferers had issues of the attention, kidney or nerves (microvascular), and 41% had issues within the heart, mind and legs (macrovascular).

These issues every greater than doubled a affected person’s threat of loss of life at day seven of hospitalization, based on the researchers.

Age was additionally key. Sufferers 75 years and older have been 14 instances extra more likely to die than sufferers underneath 55. Sufferers between 65 and 74 had triple the chance of loss of life in comparison with these underneath 55.


As well as, obstructive sleep apnea and shortness of breath virtually tripled a affected person’s threat of loss of life, and better BMI elevated the percentages of needing a ventilator or loss of life, the examine discovered.

Ladies have been 25% much less seemingly than males to die or want a ventilator, however the statistical distinction was borderline, the researchers stated. After they centered on loss of life alone, the chance for women and men was about the identical.

The findings have been revealed Could 28 within the journal Diabetologia.


The examine confirmed that insulin and different therapies for blood sugar management don’t enhance the percentages of extreme COVID-19 and ought to be continued in sufferers with diabetes, the authors stated in a journal information launch.

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SOURCE: Diabetologia, information launch, Could 28, 2020