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1 in 5 People With This Condition Hospitalized With COVID Die, Says Study

More research supports this condition as a huge risk factor.
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Early on in the pandemic, health experts identified certain pre-existing conditions that impacted an individual's risk factor for a COVID-19 infection—cancer, obesity, heart conditions, sickle cell disease, type 2 diabetes, and kidney disease included. Not only are these people more prone to severe infection, but also death. Now, a new study has found that one out of every five people who enter the hospital with a COVID infection who suffer from this condition, never leave. Read on to find out what it is—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus

Many Who are Hospitalized With Diabetes Die After Getting COVID

Per a French CORONADO study presented at a press conference held by the Francophone Foundation for Diabetes Research (FFRD) published in Diabetologia, twenty percent of those with diabetes hospitalized for a COVID-19 infection will die. The study also found that 10.6% of patients with type 2 diabetes and COVID-19 and 5.6% of those with type 1 diabetes and COVID-19 died within 7 days of hospital admission.On a more positive note, half of them will be discharged from the hospital within one month. 

The study involved 2796 patients with diabetes who were hospitalized with COVID-19 at 68 institutions across France between March 10 and April 10, 2020. 63.7% were men and the average age was 69, while the median body mass index was 28.4 kg/m2. Their progress was followed for 28 days and data was analyzed on the basis of "patient phenotype."

"We put together all the relevant medical information: history, usual treatment, clinical and biological presentation, and hospital prognosis," lead author Matthieu Wargny, MD, L'Institut du Thorax, INSERM, CNRS, University Hospital of Nantes, France, said per Medscape. "We were also interested in positive outcomes, like returning home or to a care home, transfer to another hospital, or follow-up care," Wargny notes.

He does note that because the data was gathered during the first wave of the pandemic, before there was any treatment protocol, the outcome would likely be different today. However, he points out that the researchers "were able to identify the principal prognostic risk factors, both negative and positive." These included advancing age, history of microvascular complications, particularly kidney and eye damage, dyspnea on admission, and inflammatory markers—white blood cell count, raised C-reactive protein, and elevated aspartate transaminase.

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Leah Groth
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