People living with diabetes are more prone to complications if infected by Covid-19. This is especially true of the their blood glucose levels are not well controlled according to Diabetes South Africa.
Diabetics also often find it hard to manage their condition if they develop an infection. Diabetes SA has warned patients to pay extra attention to their glucose control by taking your medications as prescribed, eating regularly and getting enough exercise.
Recent data from the International Diabetes Federation estimates that up to 7% of South Africans between the ages of 21 and 79 years have diabetes. Based on the latest population estimates this means that up to 3.85 million South Africans in this age group may have diabetes. Many more remain undiagnosed and untreated and so are at risk of developing health complications.