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Covid 19 - are we in high risk?

Discussion in 'Newly Diagnosed' started by Ames37, Mar 15, 2020.

  1. Ames37

    Ames37 · Member

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    So just been diagnosed t2, so my sugars are not yet under control as I don’t have my first appointment with docs till Tues and diabetic nurse a week on Thurs. I have started low carb and low sugar but it will take a while to get them under control. Does this mean that I will be in the at risk group and have to self isolate?? Maybe nobody knows but thought I would ask!
     
  2. urbanracer

    urbanracer Type 1 · Expert
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    Hi Ames37,

    From my simplistic understanding of this virus, having high blood sugars will increase the risk a LITTLE. But if you don't have other diabetes complications then you'll probably be ok.

    Try to put everything in perspective, this virus does not discriminate on the grounds of race, creed or colour. From the statistics alone, it dislikes people over 60 and it seems to favour women and children so it's (probably) not as bad for you as it is for some us.

    Try not to worry about it unduly but in terms of self isolation, everybody is at risk to some degree so it's your call. My approach to it is to think I may already have it and try not to give it to others.

    https://www.diabetes.co.uk/forum/th...ity-with-diabetes.171962/page-38#post-2232802
     
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  3. Ames37

    Ames37 · Member

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    I’m not really concerned about the virus to be honest, it’s more if I’m told to self isolate!
     
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  4. Resurgam

    Resurgam Type 2 (in remission!) · Expert

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    Just being pedantic here, but sugar is a carbohydrate - the starches and sugars together - and there are some oddities like sugar alcohols and also fibre - things we don't digest but others can break down - all are carbs.
    Eating a low carb diet is very effective for lowering blood glucose, so I don't think we have all that much to be concerned about if we 'just' need to deal with type two and no other problems - particularly to do with breathing - then we are no more likely to keel over than the next person.
     
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  5. Captain Crunch

    Captain Crunch Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Indeed. I'm also concerned about the current hoarding mentality of fellow shoppers. As diabetics (particularly T2), our food choices are somewhat limited so to find so many regular purchases missing from the shelves is a big concern.
     
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  6. Mike d

    Mike d Type 2 · Expert

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    Today's initiative in Australia ... to beat off the hoarding brawling ferals, two supermarket chains in my state will NOT allow anyone other than the elderly to enter for the first hour of trading. VERY very clever idea. Watch the country follow that !!
     
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  7. Tipetoo

    Tipetoo Type 2 · Expert

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    It was announced here in Queensland today as well...
     
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    Tipetoo Type 2 · Expert

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    We had no problems last online shop two weeks ago, except for toilet paper etc..

    I think this online shop on Thursday will be different though...
     
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  9. carty

    carty Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Yep I may drive myself crazy and my poor husband crazier
    Carol
     
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    I am 80 and have T2 so obviously in the at risk group but on the plus side apart from the T2 I am in good health with no other medical conditions so at the moment I am not to worried. I am not a strict low carber just moderate so not to worried about food and will get what I can We will be living on the war time diet if things get worse and everything will be rationed but at least people would not be able to stockpile that way. I will stop going on the bus into town but I will miss my browse around the shops. I do not look forward to being in isolation if that comes about I do have a dog to walk everyday she will not go with anyone else so I will just avoid coming to close to people when we are out. We live in a village with only 3 shops a co-op, a chemist and a post office so it is not really a busy area during the day with pedestrians .Most people are out at work at the time I usually walk the dog
     
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  11. carty

    carty Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Trying not to speculate but how many over 70s are there in England alone and how are they going to confine us all to barracks?!!
    Carol
     
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    Mr_Pot Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Transport secretary Grant Shapps clarifies that older people who self-isolate will still be able to get out of the house. "I told my Mum 'you can still walk the dog' and she said she didn't have one," he explains, bafflingly.
    @BBCr4today
     
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  13. Mike d

    Mike d Type 2 · Expert

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    Don't you have a census @carty ?
     
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    They are doing that in town where I live... first few hrs of trading I believe. It's a great idea in view of all the selfish people who have been whipped into a panic by the media pumping out fear in such a ridiculous manner.
     
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    Mike d Type 2 · Expert

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    Yep. They're now all in on it. One chain has said they'll take requests for elderly needs and have them ready for each person anytime of the day. Won't mean much to UK members, but this was a originally an IGA initiative in Altona VIC
     
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    Under discussion for the UK too. Good idea.
     
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  18. Lilylala

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    If we all end up in self isolation in all the affected countries their hospitals in 9 months time will have a baby boom on their hands:dummy::dummy1:
     
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    Robinredbreast Type 1 · Oracle

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    COVID-19 isn't fussy who it infects, whether you have medical conditions or not, aged 49 or 89, or those in between.
    Life, as I see it, for now, is a lottery.
     
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    In 2033 when they turn 13, we’ll have the QUARANTEENS :D
     
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