COVID-19 and Diabetes

March 16, 2021 COVID-19

COVID-19 and Diabetes

The BBC reported that a study is underway in the Southern Health Trust area to investigate possible links between Type 1 diabetes and Covid-19. A consultant paediatrician said there has been an increase in the number of young people being diagnosed since the beginning of the pandemic. Last year, the trust said there were 41 new cases, its highest yearly total on record.

Dr. Sarinda Millar specialises in Type 1 diabetes in children and young people. “We are having more diagnoses, especially since the start of 2021 but more last year, as well,” she said. Continuing on she said: “But in January we had nine new cases of Type 1 diabetes in children and young people in one week alone in our trust area,”

Type 1 diabetes – what to look out for:

There are four key symptoms, known as the four Ts, which indicate you or your child may have Type 1 diabetes.

These include:

  • Going to the toilet more than normal
  • Being thirsty
  • Tiredness
  • Weight loss

If you notice any of these symptoms doctors say you should seek medical attention as soon as possible.

How can Cavendish Homecare help?

Diabetes can be a difficult condition to manage not least because it usually involves some necessary and significant lifestyle adjustments. These changes may affect not only the patient but also their family and their loved ones.  At Cavendish Homecare we can support patients who have recently been diagnosed with diabetes or those with chronic Type I or Type II diabetes.  Our specialist diabetic nurses provide advice about the management of the condition and how best to deal with both the short and long-term effects of diabetes.

Our services include:

  • Educating patients and their families about diabetes management
  • Food and exercise advice to help stabilise diabetes
  • Blood Sugar Testing
  • Insulin Injections
  • Recognising hyperglycaemia
  • Advice about how to avoid the complications of diabetes