November 14, 2020
On World Diabetes Day, Jesus Rocca, Endocrinologist at our clinic, gives us insights into this disease in times of pandemic.
In Peru, 7% of adults suffer from diabetes, a condition that puts their health at serious risk due to the coronavirus pandemic. We know that, in this atypical situation we are living because of the pandemic, people with chronic diseases, such as diabetes, are at serious risk of suffering complications if they contract coronavirus. Therefore, they must respect their treatment and follow the recommendations of their doctor so as not to endanger their life.
Dr. Jesus Rocca explains that all people have the same risk of being contaminated with the virus; however, diabetics are more likely to get worse symptoms once infected and need to be hospitalized to overcome it.
“Diabetics, especially those who are decompensated (high blood glucose) and obese, have more circulating inflammatory substances, which, added to the inflammatory response produced by the virus, can show serious tissue damage”, warns the specialist noting that the situation can be further aggravated if your immune system is weakened.
The best recommendation to avoid complications for your health is to avoid contracting viruses. How? Wash your hands frequently, avoid touching your face if you are in the street, stay away from anyone who is sick, go out only if necessary, do not go to crowded places, if possible, ask a family member or friend to buy anything you need to reduce trips to supermarkets, grocery stores, among others.
The Pan American Health Organization stresses the importance of diabetics respecting their medical controls to keep the disease under control. Due to the pandemic situation, most doctors carry out teleconsultations so that their patients do not travel to the office. In this way, they are kept safe and away from places where they could be exposed to the coronavirus.
Dr. Rocca also recommends checking blood glucose levels frequently and keeping track of them as this information can be very helpful when talking to your doctor. Likewise, it is important to always check your feet for wounds and/or ulcers.
If you feel bad, measure your oxygen saturation. If it is repeatedly below 93, go to the nearest hospital. If you think that something is not right in your body, contact your doctor for guidance either through a phone call, an email, or a text message.
Remember to always stay active, exercise, follow a balanced diet, and find an activity that helps you relax such as reading, listening to music, walking, among other activities.
Dr. Jesús Rocca
Endocrinólogo de la Clínica Ricardo Palma