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Diabetic nurse opinion on corona risk

Discussion in 'Type 2 Diabetes' started by Paulm80, Mar 19, 2020.

  1. Paulm80

    Paulm80 · Well-Known Member

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    Went and had my hbac1 this morning , a bit un nerving as I was greeted with my nurse in mask and gown!!
    Anyway.....
    Asked about government advice on self isolating etc, she said I didn’t have diabetic numbers and providing nothing stupid happens on this hbac1 I wasn’t classed as a diabetic exactly and the rules wouldn’t apply to me as I have no other conditions.
    Never planned on self isolating anyway as I need money to live!
    Thoughts on this?
     
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  2. ianf0ster

    ianf0ster Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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  3. Chook

    Chook Type 2 · Expert

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    I had the opposite from my GP yesterday during a telephone consultation for something else. He was very specific that, as a diabetic, I must self isolate for 12 weeks.
     
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  4. Chook

    Chook Type 2 · Expert

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    Catlady19 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Hmm, what does she mean you are not classed as diabetic exactly? Does she mean because you are Type 2 or because you have well controlled hba1c?
     
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  6. porl69

    porl69 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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  7. Rachox

    Rachox Type 2 (in remission!) · Moderator
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    I am trying not to be complacent thinking I’ll be ok because my HbA1c is in the non diabetic range. That is true as long as I eat the same diet, don’t get too stressed, don’t have steroids, don’t get ill (!), there that’s why I think I need to be more careful than truly non diabetics. Just my opinion and even the medics don’t seem to agree!
     
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  8. zand

    zand Type 2 · Master

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    I wouldn't take your DNs word for it. Let's face it no-one really knows.
     
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  9. NicoleC1971

    NicoleC1971 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    It is a great time to keep your blood sugars in the normal range and insulin low by dropping carbs, so as not to feed the virus, along with getting sleep, gentle exercise and lots of healthy fats to keep your cholesterol up since this is an important part of your immune system.
    What else can we do and nobody really knows our individual risk so much of this is on the precautionary principle e.g. there is not evidence that pregnant women and their babies are at a greater risk.
     
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  10. ianf0ster

    ianf0ster Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    How many people in N. Italy are diabetic? Estimates for the USA suggest approx. 30% are T2D though many never been tested so still undiagnosed.
     
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  11. porl69

    porl69 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Does it really matter on how many people are diabetic? The point being that 35% of them WERE diabetic

    Thats like us loosing 35% of this forum overnight!?
     
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  12. bulkbiker

    bulkbiker Type 2 · Oracle

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    And quite old... you seem to be ignoring that part.

    I'll hazard a guess that if you are in your 70's and 80's with all the problems of metabolic syndrome.. heart disease, hypertension and raging blood glucose numbers (and probably on statins and lots of other meds) then you are far more at risk than a well controlled T2 on metformin or diet control.
     
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  13. porl69

    porl69 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Not ignoring it at all. It is still 35% diabetic. Which a fair few people on here are "comfortable" with
     
  14. Mr_Pot

    Mr_Pot Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I suspect a lot of those that died had poor eyesight, does that mean anyone who wears glasses is more at risk?
     
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  15. bulkbiker

    bulkbiker Type 2 · Oracle

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    Yes but age appears to be the major factor ...

    Screenshot 2020-03-19 at 15.42.59.png
     
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  16. porl69

    porl69 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Again, agreed. But still 35% diabetic. I personally am not comfortable with that even thou I am a mere 53 years young
     
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  17. bulkbiker

    bulkbiker Type 2 · Oracle

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    But you have no idea if T1 or T2 and how well controlled they were..

    I think you are overly worrying yourself ..

    How many 70+ year old Italians are diabetic anyway (and mostly they'd be T2 ..... all that pasta!) ?
     
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  18. lucylocket61

    lucylocket61 Type 2 · Expert

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    The point is that when we get ill our numbers go up.

    Non diabetics don't have that problem.

    Even temporary higher numbers put us at greater risk. It's not rocket science.
     
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  19. bulkbiker

    bulkbiker Type 2 · Oracle

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    Even more reason to keep them as low as possible with diet as a protective measure then?
     
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  20. porl69

    porl69 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I do hope there are not too many older diabetics on here.....they are doomed
     
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