It is already known that diabetic patients are at a risk of Coronavirus. A new study has now revealed that high fasting blood sugar could double the risk of death in Coronavirus infected persons.
The researchers said that patients having high fasting blood sugar were 2.3 times more likely to die than those in the lowest. They also said that persons in the middle (pre-diabetic) FBG group were 71 per sons more likely to die than those falling in the lowest group. The study also showed that men were likely to die more than women. Reports quoting the authors of the study said that patients with higher CRB65 scores were also at higher risk. The CRB-65 score is an effective measure for assessing the severity of pneumonia.
The scientists also said that it was only a retrospective study and had its limitations. The study was held in 605 patients, including 114 who died. The participants were about 59 years old. Among the patients, 322 were men. About one third of the patients were in the highest category of Fasting Blood Group. on admission (7.0 mmol/L) which, if found consistently, would result in a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes. About 17 per cent were in the pre-diabetic (6.1-6.9 mmol/L condition and 54 cent were in the ‘normal’ FBG range of 6.0 mmol/L or below.
The researchers looked at the FBG and CRB65 scores together. They said that the increased death risk for the highest FBG group was lower in patients with CRB65 scores of above zero compared with those with a CRB65 score of zero.