Important information about the coronavirus for people with diabetes

Important information about the coronavirus for people with diabetes

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Coronavirus: what people with diabetes should consider

The number of people who tested positive for the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus is increasing and increasing. According to experts, there are certain groups of people who, according to previous knowledge, have a higher risk of developing a serious illness. This also includes diabetics. You should be particularly careful.

Although many of the COVID-19 diseases caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus are mild, people with chronic diseases such as diabetes mellitus can have more severe courses, especially if there are concomitant and secondary diseases in the heart, vessels or kidneys . These patients should therefore strictly observe recommendations for the prevention of the disease.

Risk groups for serious illnesses

Although severe COVID-19 courses often also occur in people without previous illness, the following groups of people have an increased risk of serious courses, according to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI):

  • older people (with a steadily increasing risk of severe course from around 50–60 years)
  • Smoking
  • People with certain previous diseases of the heart (e.g. coronary heart disease)
  • People with certain previous diseases of the lungs (e.g. asthma, chronic bronchitis)
  • Patients with chronic liver diseases
  • Patients with diabetes mellitus (diabetes)
  • Patients with cancer
  • People with a weakened immune system (e.g. due to a disease that is associated with an immune deficiency or by taking drugs that weaken the immune system, such as cortisone)

These people should be particularly careful about the recommendations for preventing the disease.

Comply with hygiene rules and adjust blood sugar well

The Austrian Diabetes Society (ÖDG) would like to emphasize the following information for people with diabetes mellitus on their website:

  • Pay particular attention to the recommendations for prevention:
    - keep your distance from other people
    -wash your hands regularly with soap and water
    - keep your hands away from your face and your mucous membranes if possible
    - keep sneezing and cough hygiene
  • A good blood sugar setting (reaching the therapy goal which you have agreed with your doctor in charge) is helpful in avoiding complications.

All leading manufacturers of insulin and blood sugar-lowering medicines have reported back to the ÖDG that, from the current perspective, the products are sufficiently in stock and the subsequent deliveries are made as planned.

In Germany, too, patients do not have to worry about delivery bottlenecks for diabetes medicines.

"Diabetes medications such as insulin are mainly manufactured in Germany, the USA, Denmark, France, Great Britain - but not China -" explained Professor Dr. med. Monika Kellerer, President of the German Diabetes Society (DDG) in a statement earlier this month. (ad)

Author and source information

This text corresponds to the requirements of the medical literature, medical guidelines and current studies and has been checked by medical doctors.


  • Robert Koch Institute (RKI): SARS-CoV-2 Fact Sheet for Coronavirus Disease-2019 (COVID-19), (accessed: March 17, 2020), Robert Koch Institute (RKI)
  • Austrian Diabetes Association (ÖDG): Information on COVID-19 and people with diabetes mellitus, (accessed: March 17th, 2020), Austrian Diabetes Association (ÖDG)
  • German Diabetes Society (DDG): New Corona Virus SARS-CoV-2: No increased risk of infection for healthy diabetes patients - DDG advises good blood sugar control and recommended hygiene measures, (accessed: March 17, 2020), German Diabetes Society (DDG)

Video: Diabetes and Covid-19 (September 2022).


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