In the first six months of 2020, deaths among people with diabetes rose by 20% due to the coronavirus, according to the National Medical Research Center of Endocrinology of Russia's Ministry of Health.
They noted that the likelihood of death from a combination of diabetes with COVID-19 is exceptionally high in elderly patients. It makes 12.9% among patients aged between 60 to 69 and 27.1% in people over 80. Meanwhile, obesity adds to the risk of death.
The number of men among diabetes patients who died with coronavirus is almost twice as high as women.
Marina Shestakova, Deputy Head of the National Medical Research Center, Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences, explained that patients with diabetes mellitus have weaker immune protection against viruses, which makes them more vulnerable to COVID-19. Moreover, the high blood sugar in such patients contributes to the active penetration of the coronavirus into the cells, RIA Novosti reports.
NEWS.ru reported earlier that researchers at Yale University had found a peculiarity in the functioning of COVID patients’ immune system, which affects the severity of the course of the disease.