People over 60 and patients with diabetes have an increased risk of death from COVID-19 infection. This was reported on the website of the Moscow Department of Health.
These findings are based on an analysis of fatal cases of coronavirus. According to the metropolitan department, more than 83% of all deaths from COVID-19 were over 60 years old. Experts note that older people, regardless of the presence or absence of chronic diseases, are more at risk of developing severe complications of the coronavirus, leading to death.
Moreover, 53% of the deceased had concomitant diseases. Most often these are diseases of the cardiovascular system (67%) or the endocrine system (14%). Among the latter, the largest share (86%) were cases of diabetes mellitus.
The Moscow Department of Healthcare notes that many of the deceased did not have diabetes in a neglected state: they were all observed by doctors and received the necessary treatment. At the same time, the overwhelming majority of patients with diabetes were obese, and the duration of the disease was quite long.
Professor Mikhail Antsiferov, chief freelance specialist-endocrinologist of the Moscow Department of Health, notes that diabetes mellitus is a serious provoking risk factor for complications. This risk increases significantly if the person belongs to the older age group.
Therefore, citizens over 60 years of age who have diabetes and obesity are at increased risk. Doctors advise these people to observe self-isolation, mask and glove regime in case of need to go outside or when other people visit. It is also important to stay in shape and maintain metabolic processes in the body: control weight, regularly measure blood sugar, follow a diet and do light exercise.