Can High Blood Glucose Levels Increase Your Risk of Death from COVID-19? Yes, According to a Recent Study…
In a study of over 11,000 participants in 109 hospitals in Spain, those with glucose values greater than 140 at admission had TWICE the risk of death from COVID-19 when compared to those with glucose 139 or lower…and this was independent of diabetic status! (34% vs. 16% fatality rate). Those with glucose values greater than 180 had a mortality rate of 41%.
The higher the glucose, the higher the fatality rate. These findings are statistically significant and held true for those with and without a diagnosis of diabetes, and after other factors such as age, gender, and blood pressure were controlled for.
Mortality rates by Blood Glucose Level:
>180 mg/dl = 41% fatality rate
>140 mg/dl = 34% fatality rate
<140 mg/dl = 16% fatality rate
High blood sugar could be induced during COVID-19 for both diabetic and non-diabetic patients. In Spain they don’t treat blood sugar issues in a hospital setting until the values are >180 – and even then, the means of heal varies. This may be a reason for the high death rate from COVID-19 in Spain.
High blood sugar and COVID-19 create a storm of inflammation. Once a patient presents with hyperglycemia, it could play a direct role in worsening the infection for the following reasons:
- SARSCoV-2 can infect endocrine pancreas cells -through their expression of angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) receptors- resulting in an impairment in b-cell insulin secretion, and
- Inflammation during COVID-19 can also generate insulin resistance.
While several studies have shown that individuals with Type 2 Diabetes are more at risk of contracting and dying from COVID-19 (CDC, 2020), this study goes a step further to show that blood sugar instability, regardless of having a diabetic condition, increases mortality rates from COVID-19.
These are the key messages from the study:
- Hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) is a strong and independent risk factor for mortality in COVID-19.
- Screening for hyperglycemia, in patients with or without diabetes, and early heal of high blood sugar should be mandatory in the management of patients hospitalized with COVID-19.
The implication of these findings is that what you do with lifestyle makes a huge difference for your health.
Read about the study in Medical News Today: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/high-blood-sugar-could-increase-covid-19-death-risk-in-those-without-diabetes
Read the Full Study: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/07853890.2020.1836566?needAccess=true
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