Practical recommendations for the management of diabetes in patients with COVID-19

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Practical recommendations for the management of diabetes in patients with COVID-19

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Diabetes is one of the most important comorbidities linked to the severity of all three known human pathogenic coronavirus infections, including severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2.

Date Last Updated (Year-Month-Day)

2020-04-23

Citation

Bornstein, Stefan R., Francesco Rubino, Kamlesh Khunti, Geltrude Mingrone, David Hopkins, Andreas L. Birkenfeld, Bernhard Boehm, Stephanie Amiel, Richard I. G. Holt, Jay S. Skyler, J. Hans DeVries, Eric Renard, Robert H. Eckel, Paul Zimmet, Kurt George Alberti, Josep Vidal, Bruno Geloneze, Juliana C. Chan, Linong Ji, and Barbara Ludwig. 2020. "Practical recommendations for the management of diabetes in patients with COVID-19." The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology.

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Summary

Diabetes is one of the most important comorbidities linked to the severity of all three known human pathogenic coronavirus infections, including severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2. Patients with diabetes have an increased risk of severe complications including Adult Respiratory Distress Syndrome and multi-organ failure. Depending on the global region, 20–50% of patients in the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic had diabetes. Given the importance of the link between COVID-19 and diabetes, we have formed an international panel of experts in the field of diabetes and endocrinology to provide some guidance and practical recommendations for the management of diabetes during the pandemic. We aim to briefly provide insight into potential mechanistic links between the novel coronavirus infection and diabetes, present practical management recommendations, and elaborate on the differential needs of several patient groups.

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