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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 58-62

Managing diabetes and COVID-19: A national strategic framework

1 Dr. Mohan's Diabetes Specialities Centre and Madras Diabetes Research Foundation, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Member, Indian Society for Clinical Research, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Viswanathan Mohan
Dr. Mohan's Diabetes Specialities Centre and Madras Diabetes Research Foundation, IDF Centre of Excellence in Diabetes Care and ICMR Centre for Advanced Research on Diabetes, No. 4, Conran Smith Road, Gopalapuram, Chennai . 600 086, Tamil Nadu
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jncd.jncd_39_20

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The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has been one of the greatest health challenges that humanity has witnessed in recent times. Diabetes mellitus is one of the most common noncommunicable diseases and its prevalence is very high in evlderly people. COVID-19 also has a worse prognosis in elderly people. Hence, most of the data, both nationally and internationally, have shown that people with uncontrolled diabetes have worse outcomes compared to people without diabetes. This article reviews the connection between diabetes and COVID-19 and suggests various precautions to be taken for people with diabetes, the management strategies for diabetes and lays down a strategic framework for managing people with diabetes and COVID-19.

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