Quarter of coronavirus deaths in England in people with diabetes, NHS figures show – The Sun

MORE than a quarter of Covid deaths in England involve people with diabetes, NHS data reveals.

It shows those with the condition account for 26 per cent of all hospital fatalities from coronavirus.

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Experts looked at data on 22,332 confirmed deaths in England and found 5,873 were suffering from diabetes.

Brits with the illness have been told they are at higher risk from the pandemic and urged to stay indoors as much as possible.

Around four million Brits are affected by the condition, which is a leading cause of blindness, amputation, stroke and heart disease.

Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body loses the ability to process sugar, mainly as a result of weight gain and poor lifestyle.

It is responsible for nine in ten cases of the disease.

It is unclear whether the condition itself or poor lifestyle linked to type 2 diabetes is responsible for the increased risk.

But data already suggests obese Brits are at much higher risk of being killed by coronavirus.

'Clear risk'

Professor Partha Kar, national speciality advisor for diabetes for the NHS, said: “It is clear that people with diabetes are more at risk of dying from Covid-19 and more detailed analysis is currently underway to understand the link between the two.

"Initial findings indicate that the threat in people under 40 continues to be very low.

“The NHS has put extra measures in place so that people living with diabetes can manage their condition better during the pandemic.

"It includes a range of online services, video consultations with your local clinical team and a dedicated helpline for those who need advice.”

Dementia was the second most common condition linked with Covid mortality, affecting 18 per cent of confirmed cases.

But just seven per cent of patients who died from coronavirus had asthma.


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