Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Diabetes – What You Should Know

 

Living with diabetes is hard work. The global outbreak of the novel coronavirus has added new challenges, fears, and uncertainties.

As COVID-19 has progressed, we have learned that, contrary to initial reports, diabetes itself does not seem to increase the risk of contracting coronavirus. Older age and other correlating factors like high blood pressure, underlying heart or lung conditions, being overweight, or having consistently elevated blood glucose levels seem to have a greater impact on risk.

Not everyone with diabetes faces the same personal risk, but we’re only powerful against coronavirus when we work together. Join us by doing your part. Every action to curb the spread of the virus represents countless infections prevented. The lives of the most vulnerable among us are on the line.

To learn more about actions you can take to protect yourself and others against COVID-19, visit coronavirusdiabetes.org.

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COVID-19 Vaccines And Diabetes: Vaccine Access Issues For People Of Color


Communities of color with diabetes face a myriad of barriers when it comes to vaccine access. Experts share how the U.S. can achieve vaccine equity.MORE

COVID-19 Vaccines For Kids + Teens with Diabetes


COVID-19 vaccines are now available for kids aged 12+! Learn about safety and managing side effects for kids and teens with diabetes.MORE

Diabetes + COVID Vaccines: What You Need to Know


If you have diabetes, here’s what you need to know about the COVID-19 vaccines, including safety, timeline, and how to get yours.MORE

The New Normal: Getting a Haircut


After months of lockdown, going out as little as possible and even having our groceries, medications, and food delivered, I worked up the courage and decided to make an appointment to get a haircut.MORE

COVID + Diabetes: The Work and School Safety Guide


For those living with diabetes amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, extra precautions must be taken for work and school.MORE

COVID-19: What Your Friends with Preexisting Conditions Need You To Know


Here's what your friends with preexisting conditions want you to know, now that we know a little bit more about COVID-19.MORE

The New Normal: Visiting the Dentist


From my experience taking my son to the dentist, I decided to share some info. I hope you find them useful if your visit, like ours, is unavoidable.MORE

Preparing For Natural Disasters During COVID-19


For people living with diabetes, natural disaster preparedness always requires a bit more effort. Throw a global pandemic into the mix, and there's even more to think about and prepare for.MORE

England’s NHS Releases Study on Risk of COVID-19 for People with Diabetes


This week, the National Health Service (NHS) in England released the first study of its kind, breaking down COVID-19 mortality risk by type of diabetes.MORE

Roche Offers Free Access to mySugr Pro During COVID-19


With the rise of telemedicine during COVID-19, free access to mySugr Pro will help people stay connected to their healthcare team. MORE

Shortages and Disparities: Mexico vs. COVID-19


The number of worldwide infections is in the hundreds of thousands and hospital beds are few compared to those infected, and given this scenario it’s no wonder there’s a shortage of medical suppli...MORE

The JDRF – Beyond Type 1 Alliance Releases Recommendations for People with Diabetes During COVID-19 Pandemic


The recommendations are supported by 50 international organizations working together to curb the spread of COVID-19 and protect those most vulnerable.MORE

Saving on Diabetes Supplies


If you need to get some diabetes supplies immediately, learn how you can get them over-the-counter and save money.MORE

Build Your COVID-19 Diabetes Go-Bag


In the event of an emergency, it's important to be prepared. Have a go bag the ready in case of a hospital visit during the COVID-19 pandemic.MORE

What To Expect in a Telehealth Appointment for Mental Health


Dr. Mark Heyman answers questions about the impact of telehealth on mental health and why it's an important option to consider.MORE

Safe Grocery Shopping Tips During COVID-19


Going grocery shopping? Before you go to the store, learn some essential shopping tips while following coronavirus guidelines.MORE

Silver Linings During COVID-19


Here's a rundown of positive things happening around the world that you might have missed because it's important to focus on the good news, too!MORE

Novo Offers Free 90-Day Insulin Supply to People Recently Uninsured Due to COVID-19


Novo Nordisk announces program offering a free 90-day supply of Novo Nordisk insulin for those who have recently lost their health insurance coverage due to a change in job status because of COVID-19....MORE

The Impact of COVID-19 on African-Americans


Think the coronavirus is the “great equalizer”? Think again. New data on the deaths from COVID-19 shows the pandemic is impacting communities of color, specifically African-Americans at disproport...MORE

Mental Health Check-In


Members of the Beyond Type 1 and 2 teams took the chance to ask questions during a roundtable to get some clarity on mental health struggles pertaining to COVID-19.MORE

FreeStyle Libre Approved by FDA for Hospitalized Patients During COVID-19 Pandemic


Abbott's FreeStyle Libre 14 day system will allow doctors to remotely monitor their patient's glucose levels. MORE

What To Know About Masks and COVID-19


The CDC has updated its recommendations for mask use during the COVID-19 pandemic. Be prepared with a mask or face covering the next time you go out in public. MORE

New Program Offers $35 Monthly Copays for Lilly Insulins


Eli Lilly announced a new program that allows people in the US to fill their monthly prescription of Lilly insulin for $35 per month with a copay card.MORE

Suddenly Jobless or Without Health Insurance? Start Here.


If you've just lost your health insurance coverage or are struggling to afford your medications and supplies, start here.MORE

Senseonics Suspends Commercial US Sales of Eversense in Response to COVID-19


On March 26, Senseonics suspended all commercial sales of the Eversense continuous glucose monitor (CGM) in the United States.MORE

Insulin Access in a Pandemic: An Interview with Wade Neucks of Lilly Diabetes


Beyond Type 1 chatted with Wade Neucks of Lilly Diabetes about expectations of insulin access in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.MORE

Get Help From Home: What Coronavirus Can Teach Us About Telehealth


Telehealth is an untapped resource that could prove helpful in lightening the load when it comes to providing necessary healthcare in the midst of COVID-19 and beyond.MORE

COVID-19 Diabetes Supply Chain Updates


Here, you'll find continuous updates on the status of the diabetes supply chain, with up to date information from all major insulin and device manufacturers as it relates to COVID-19.MORE

Supporting Older Adults with Diabetes During COVID-19


Older adults are more susceptible to COVID-19. Learn more about supporting older adults with diabetes in your life. MORE

Think You Have Coronavirus? Here’s What To Do


Do you think you've contracted coronavirus? Here are immediate steps to take to ensure you best treat yourself and limit the impact you have on those around you.MORE

Mental Health and Coping with Coronavirus


Dr. Mark Heyman, PhD, CDE shares some insight into good practices in the midst of concerns about coronavirus and its impact on mental health.MORE

Keeping Your Immune System Healthy


Your immune system is critical to helping you fight and protect you against infections and viruses. While there's no magic bullet to boosting your immune system, there are ways you can keep it he...MORE

The Diabetes Disaster Response Coalition Coronavirus Response


On March 12, the Diabetes Disaster Response Coalition (DDRC) circulated an update to coalition members in response to coronavirus (COVID-19). Here are the steps the organization is taking and other im...MORE

Feeling Helpless? Here’s What You Can Do


Feeling helpless in the midst of COVID-19? You’re not alone. Here is a list of specific actions you can take to have a real positive impact for yourself, your family, and your community. MORE

Severe Hypoglycemia Disaster Preparedness Plan


Severe hypoglycemia can strike when you least expect it and be disastrous. Know what to do in the case of an emergency. MORE

Daily Type 2 Diabetes Kit


Make sure you have the right testing supplies to keep track of your blood sugar numbers, have enough insulin on-hand, and emergency carbohydrates that can help you track your carb intake or blood suga...MORE