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Worse degrees of severity
COVID patients with diabetes have higher levels of inflammatory markers like C-reactive protein and poorer CT scans of the lungs, which predicts more severe disease progression.
They are more likely to need intensive care
COVID patients with diabetes are more likely to need intensive care. 22 percent of COVID patients in the intensive care unit have diabetes compared to just 10 percent of COVID patients outside the intensive care unit.
Higher ventilation rates
There is a 3.6 times higher rate of diabetes in COVID patients who require intensive care or mechanical ventilation, or who die, compared to less severe COVID patients.
Higher risk of death
A fasting blood sugar of 7.0 or more upon admission to COVID was associated with a 2.3-fold increased risk of death within 28 days.
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