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Diabetes and the virus

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Haydnpat Fri 01-May-20 16:02:28

Hi, I have type 2 diabetes and am frightening my self half to death with the stuff I'm reading. Any one else worried

BlueSky Fri 01-May-20 16:26:24

Haydnpat not about diabetes but bp medication! Apparently if you take ACE you could get an extra nasty case of the virus. I've frightened myself to death too, then read other reports where they dismiss the connection and they've adviseds GPs and patients to carry on. So I just trust this advice and stop worrying about it.

growstuff Fri 01-May-20 16:32:06

I have T2 diabetes and take ARBs (similar to ACE inhibitors) for high BP. I've read about the increased risks, so I take increased precautions. I'm not dismissing the connections, but I'm being pragmatic.

My only real concern is that diabetic eye tests have been postponed. I have background retinopathy and was told last year to make sure it's regularly reviewed.

growstuff Fri 01-May-20 16:35:33

BlueSky From what I understand, taking ACE inhibitors could increase your risk of actually catching Covid-19. It's known that the ACE2 gene enables the virus to do its nasty stuff. There's ongoing research. The current advice is that high BP is likely to be a higher risk factor than taking ACE inhibitors.

PS. I'm not a medic, but I do follow the advice because it does affect me.

BlueSky Fri 01-May-20 16:50:02

Yes Growstuff I think both, increased risk of catching it and nastier dose if you do! Then the Hypertension Society stated that there were no scientific or clinical evidence to prove it, and the GPs have not been advised to stop or change the medication. Like you I don't want to catch it in any case, and yes an unstable bp would be the real risk. So yes let's hope so and be extra careful as you say.

lemongrove Fri 01-May-20 18:27:28

Yes, it’s a worry but apart from being as careful as possible, not much we can do.

ninathenana Fri 01-May-20 18:34:35


I have been having treatment and subsequent check ups at the eye clinic for about 18mths. My last check up was a few days after lockdown. When I rang to ask if I should attend I was told it was to important for the clinic not to stay open. I am due again in June.
Both himself and I are T2 we are taking precautions but not to the extreme and I'm not panicking over it.

Susan56 Fri 01-May-20 19:51:08

growstuff,I am concerned about the diabetic eye screening being postponed.I was meant to have mine in February but had a cyst on my eye so postponed until May and now postponed again.
As for taking precautions re Ovid,I am taking increased precautions but not getting paranoid,at least I don’t think I am!

Haydnpat Fri 01-May-20 20:45:19

My eye check up was due in April, no letter so have no idea when I will have it.
I have read that diabetics are more at risk of serious illness if you catch covid 19. So scared to go out.

growstuff Fri 01-May-20 20:56:19

I see keeping my blood glucose low as a challenge and I'm enjoying cooking and eating really healthy stuff. I live on my own, so I can eat what I want. I've managed to organise all my food and grocery needs to be delivered and I've become super-organised. It's actually been quite rewarding to plan my food and throw away almost nothing. My food is usually low carb and I've managed to stick with that. I test my own blood glucose levels and take blood pressure readings. So far, I'm probably healthier than I am normally.

Haydnpat Fri 01-May-20 21:16:33

You'll have to share some recipes!

Susan56 Fri 01-May-20 22:28:08

I have been having healthier meals but failing a bit when it comes to treats.To counteract it I am walking 10,000 steps a day which seems to be helping.As I am not going out the steps are round the house and garden,My husband says it’s a good job we have wooden floors as if we had carpets they would be worn out.
Haydnpat,thank you for starting this thread,I have been stressing about my eye screening and somehow knowing others feel the same helps.

growstuff Sat 02-May-20 03:19:49

One advantage of having all my food delivered is that I don't make any impulse buys, so I just don't have treats in the house.

I'm not sure I really have any recipes. I get a veggie and fruit box every week and I'm never quite sure what's going to be in it, so I Google recipes as I go along. I eat quite a lot of eggs. I've ordered a meat delivery for next week, so will bulk cook some meals and freeze them. A local fishmonger also does deliveries. Fortunately, the veggie delivery man also has eggs, milk and cheese, so I eat quite a lot of omelettes and frittata with salad. I eat quite a lot of nuts and I've found somebody who delivers those too. One of my "go to" lunches is celery, apple, walnuts and cottage cheese.

I find that I really value food. The pictures of the empty supermarket shelves made me value it even more, so I'm determined to make the best of it.

PS. I think I'll give my GP a call about the eye test. I'm not too bothered about the other tests because I know what the results will be, but my eyes do bother me.

Stay safe everybody!

growstuff Sat 02-May-20 03:39:53

Susan56 Thank you for inspiring me to do more exercise. I really am quite bad about it (I'm naturally a lazy moo), so I'm going to have to make myself a plan.

BBbevan Sat 02-May-20 06:41:55

There are loads of low carb recipes on the internet. Diet Doctor is a good website. There was also a low carb thread on here if you can find it. I was diagnosed T2 , 5 years ago. Since then , by going low carb my blood sugar has been in the normal range. I have no idea how catching covid-19 would affect me. So I ere on the side of caution . Stay safe everyone

Susan56 Sat 02-May-20 11:02:19

growstuff good luck with the excercise.
You are absolutely right about not having treats in the house.
I normally only buy cakes and biscuits my husband likes that I am not particularly keen on but have spectacularly fallen off the wagon in lockdown.I have just phoned this weeks order in and have left off all my treats.Eating rubbish is only hurting me no onr else so it stops now.
Another thing I do is note my blood sugar levels and steps taken everyday.Sounds over the top but keeps me on track.
I set myself a challenge in January to walk 100 miles each month this year.
I don’t know about others but I have to keep a really strict eye on myself diabetes wise.In non lockdown days all our socialising seems to involve eating so by keeping a strict eye on weight,sugar levels and exercise I find I can manage to stay healthy.
I have to work really hard at being a good diabetic😩
Also a really good idea to phone the gp about the eye test.I think I will do the same.Its the one test I have always worried about.
Sorry about the long ramble,I don’t know any other diabetics so good to hear from you all.

growstuff Sat 02-May-20 21:38:21

Diabetes UK has quite a useful and up-to-date guide, including for T2s in remission: