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Over 50% Covid victims in state had diabetes, hypertension | Goa News

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Panaji: Uncontrolled diabetes has been a major contributor in worsening the health of more than half the patients who died after contracting Covid-19 in the state. The most common comorbidity found among Covid victims was diabetes followed by hypertension, while many had both.
Goa’s Covid-19 toll rose to 598 with five deaths on Thursday. Four of the victims had diabetes and three had hypertension too.
“We have seen a lot of patients whose blood sugar levels were on the higher side after they were diagnosed with Covid-19. Some were unaware of their diabetes and the complications that can arise due to the delays in medication,” consultant nephrologist Dr Shital Lengade said.
Lengade said some (Covid patients) had not checked their diabetes level for they had never experienced the typical symptoms of diabetes to require a check.
“Some patients who were on diabetes medication, also had their sugar level elevated after the diagnosis and, on hospitalisation, they were initiated on insulin because that is the best way to control diabetes. The rise in blood sugar level was obviously due to the strain they were undergoing due to the infection,” he said.
In some, the symptoms of diabetes may appear very subtly. All who are over 30 must get basic health check-up done annually and those with family history of diabetes mustn’t miss the routine health check-up, Lengade said.
Goa Medical College (GMC) dean and Covid hospitals in-charge Dr S M Bandekar said the diet of people who suffering from hypertension and diabetes is customised. “There are a lot of restrictions on what they can eat. Their bodies are deprived of nutrition which in-turn lowers their immunity and consequently they are more vulnerable to Covid-19 infection,” Bandekar said. “It is true that more than half of the people who died after getting Covid-19 had diabetes and hypertension,” he said.
Lengade said some medication used for treatment of Covid-19 could also increase blood sugar levels to a significant level in a patient who has diabetes. In that context, insulin is helpful. “It was seen that patients who had good control of their diabetes fared better, but those who didn’t, developed complications,” he said.
Bandekar said that those patients who were reluctant to start on insulin or delayed it, raised the risk of complications because of their unregulated diabetes.
In others, one of the comorbidities such as cancer, asthma, chronic kidney disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and alcoholic liver cirrhosis — moved them closer to death after they tested positive for Covid-19.

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