Posted by: Daniela Socolovschi
News / International
29 May 2020 / 19:27
1 in 10 Hospitalized COVID-19 Patients With Diabetes Dies: Study
Ten percent of COVID-19 patients with diabetes die within a week of entering the hospital and 20% need a ventilator to breathe by that point, a new French study found, HealthDay News reports.
Researchers analyzed data on more than 1,300 COVID-19 patients with diabetes, average age 70, who were hospitalized in France during March. Of those, 89% had type 2 diabetes, 3% had type 1, and the rest had other types of diabetes.
The study found that 1 in 5 patients had been placed on a ventilator in intensive care within seven days of entering the hospital; 1 in 10 had died; and 18% had been discharged.
Poor blood sugar control didn't appear to affect a patient's outcome, but diabetic complications and older age were linked to increased odds of death.
The study found that 47% of patients had complications of the eye, kidney or nerves (microvascular), and 41% had complications in the heart, brain and legs (macrovascular).
Those complications each more than doubled a patient's risk of death at day seven of hospitalization, according to the researchers.
Age was also key. Patients 75 years and older were 14 times more likely to die than patients under 55. Patients between 65 and 74 had triple the risk of death compared to those under 55.