Dec 9, 2021

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Covid deadlier for Africans with diabetes

Africa’s death rates from Covid-19 infections are significantly higher in patients with diabetes, as a preliminary analysis by the WHO showed when the world celebrated Diabetes Day on November 14th.

But um Worsening this problem, say WHO disease investigators, is the fact that many people with diabetes are not even aware of it because they go undiagnosed and are therefore prone to and die from serious illness from the Covid virus.

The study covered 13 countries; Uganda, Rwanda and the DR Congo, Burkina Faso, Chad, Ivory Coast, eSwatini, Guinea, Namibia, Niger, Senegal, Seychelles and Sao Tome and Principe.

“Covid-19 delivers a clear message: The fight The diabetes epidemic in Africa is in many ways just as crucial as the fight against the current pandemic, “said Dr Africans do not know that they suffer from this silent killer.”

Data analysis on underlying diseases or comorbidities in Africans who tested positive for Covid-19 and found that at least 10.2 percent of deaths were caused by patients with diabetes, compared with 2.5 percent for Covid-19 patients overall.

The The death rate in people with diabetes was also twice that of those with another comorbidity. In addition to people with diabetes, the three most common underlying diseases are HIV and high blood pressure.

In the DR Congo, an analysis of a small sample of 250 people who died of Covid found that 30 percent of them had diabetes.

Impairment

The Covid-19 pandemic will eventually subside, but Africa is expected to experience the highest rise in diabetes worldwide in the coming years and must therefore prevent new cases and people with the disease against Covid vaccine.

Diabetes affects the body’s ability to produce or process insulin, a substance that counteracts dangerous spikes in blood sugar levels.

The disease causes inflammation and a bad one Blood flow, both of which increase the risk of complications, including death, from Covid-19.

The International Diabetes Federation estimates that 24 million people in Africa have diabetes s are alive in 2021 and the number is expected to rise to 55 million by 2045 – an increase of 134%.