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Started by uranrising on May 14, 2020 7:22:55 PM
Covid and diabetes
AdonisBlue - 14 May 2020 19:27:46 (#1 of 111)

I really wish they distinguish between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes as they are totally different. My daughter was diagnosed with type 1 in February. She has not received a letter from her GP saying she's at risk but we've locked down tight.

The trouble is the lack of letter means our employers are wanting us to return to work/her to return to school and there's nothing we can do.

Gotout - 14 May 2020 19:28:03 (#2 of 111)

I'm diabetic, overweight and over 70. I'd better drink all my booze fast before Coronavirus gets me...

Pinkgum - 14 May 2020 19:41:02 (#3 of 111)

Have you chased up the letter AB?

My mum has had type 1 for over 60 years (it was a terminal diagnosis back then), heart disease and Copd and didn't get a letter, but got one pretty quick when queried with the dr.

AdonisBlue - 14 May 2020 19:45:01 (#4 of 111)

No we intend to try the GP again. But when we asked the diabetes team Doc at the hospital he said she's not at risk as long as we manage her blood sugars well, which we are ofc. So he basically refused. An initial approach to the GP he just said ask he diabetes consultant.

With your mum's age, diabetes+copd and heart disease she's ticking more boxes I'm afraid so I can see why they agreed quickly.

Arjuna - 14 May 2020 20:19:39 (#5 of 111)

I have diabetes and had no letter but this does not really surprise me, many diabetics tend to be old and/or fat and the links between those covid have already been made.

uranrising - 14 May 2020 20:26:56 (#6 of 111)

My daughter has type 1 and made that point about not distinguishing the two types.

...ans our employers are wanting us to return to work/her to return to school.

I have learnt over the years how little diabetes is understood, never mind its reality accepted in society. That stuff about the employer is typical.

What's nearly as bad is that there are those with diabetes who rather act as though they don't really have it, with somewhat predictable consequences.

Nevertheless, it's the societal ignorance/avoidance which is most awful.

Pinkgum - 14 May 2020 20:28:53 (#7 of 111)

Yeah tbh most drs she meets are amazed that she is still alive.

The risk to diabetics under 40 is still quite low according to the guardian, which points more to type 2. But will be interesting to see more of a breakdown.

My mums diabetes was extremely well controlled until later life - it has gone bonkers now as she has developed an insulin allergy. Most likely a result of the early treatment being experimental/rudimentary (but life saving). There are not many people who have lived as long as her with T1.

They moved areas a bit ago and her old diabetes specialist said he was sad to see her go as he was looking forward to her post morten (I kid you not).

She didn't let it stop her doing much in life, of course treatment is so advanced these days so hopefully the issues she has faced will not be a problem in the future.

Still it must be a worry, especially regarding covid.

AdonisBlue - 14 May 2020 20:56:20 (#8 of 111)

Arj, Type 1 or 2? Most of my type 1 friends think they need to change the names as 95% of people are type 2, so people assume someone who says they have diabetes is type 2.

AdonisBlue - 14 May 2020 21:00:58 (#9 of 111)

Pink it's fair to say 2020 has been a shit year. My daughter was diagnosed in February with type 1. It was a complete surprise, no history in family or clue she might have it.

Before we had time to process this really covid came along and diabetics are at high risk (but it never states which type are at high risk, which is infuriating as they are medically totally different as I'm sure you know).

Iran, totally agree on ignorance. I was ignorant in January.

Tripos - 14 May 2020 21:02:39 (#10 of 111)


AdonisBlue - 14 May 2020 21:03:45 (#11 of 111)


Tripos - 14 May 2020 21:08:22 (#12 of 111)

Arjuna - 14 May 2020 21:12:56 (#13 of 111)

Type II

we are taking over

Pinkgum - 14 May 2020 21:16:41 (#14 of 111)

It must be hard dealing with such a recent diagnosis AD both for your daughter and you and your partner. It doesn't have to be a life limiting condition.

I hope that the fact my mum has managed over 60 years can give you some reassurance of this. Have you been in touch with diabetes UK?

darkhorse - 14 May 2020 21:32:28 (#15 of 111)

I know a Type 1 diabetic, late forties, had covid, probably, stayed at home, felt shit for days, and is now recovered.

AdonisBlue - 14 May 2020 21:33:46 (#16 of 111)

Thanks Dark, that's the sort of story that really helps.

Pinkgum - 14 May 2020 21:36:17 (#17 of 111)

It really does seem to be a disease of two halves. Finding the reason why some recover after mild illness and others enter a second stage of severe illness is really key. It seems comorbidities (sp?) may or may not be relevant to this.

Although comorbidities if you do enter the second stage are definitely not helpful.

Pinkgum - 14 May 2020 21:39:11 (#18 of 111)

Having survived cancer, several strokes, heart attack, pneumonia and umpteen anaphylaxis shocks, it has been joked in our family that it will take more than a global pandemic to finish mum off.

AdonisBlue - 14 May 2020 21:39:20 (#19 of 111)

What worries me most is if we got it at same time as my daughter and weren't well enough to manage her bloods. High blood sugar is not good.

Pinkgum - 14 May 2020 21:40:10 (#20 of 111)

How old is she AD (if you don't mind me asking). And is she on a pump?

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