J Korean Diabetes.  2020 Sep;21(3):116-119. 10.4093/jkd.2020.21.3.116.

Diabetes Mellitus and COVID-19

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  • 1Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Department of Internal Medicine, Inje University Busan Paik Hospital, Inje University College of Medicine, Busan, Korea

Abstract

Diabetes mellitus is known to be associated with more severe outcomes and increased mortality in patients presenting with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19; severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 [SARS-CoV-2]) infection. The government driven so-called lock down strategy to prevent the spread of COVID-19 infection has changed not only social life styles but also disease related behaviors of diabetic patients. The mortality and morbidity of diabetic patients may be increasing during the COVID-19 pandemic. In this short article, I will describe this complex situation from the view-points of both diabetic patients and health care specialists, and offer several suggestions to solve these problems.

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COVID-19; Diabetes mellitus
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