Identification of the preventive measures taken by people with diabetes against the new coronavirus
Author(s): Satveer Singh Gurjar
Abstract:Introduction: Considering that diabetes is an important risk factor for adverse results of COVID-19, identifying the preventive measures adopted by people with diabetes can favor the identification of gaps and the development of interventions aimed at specific and individual needs of this public, with a view to promoting health and preventing infections and complications.
Materials and Methods: The inclusion criteria were being over 18 years old, diagnosed with diabetes for at least six months; having access to the internet to answer the questionnaires through a link, and accepting the terms to share anonymous and non-traceable answers.
Results: There was a high average of gyrated hemoglobin (7.8±1.6) with variation between 3 and 15%, with 34 people not knowing the value of the last exam/or informing the blood glucose value, showing that some do not know about testing, considered the gold standard and used in the assessment of glycemic control.
Conclusion: These interventions include promoting the patients’ adherence to the diabetes therapeutic regimen, implementing strategies to improve access of diabetic patients to healthcare (especially during lockdown situations), informing patients about the need for extra caution with respect to general precautions, and reinforcing the continuation of good dietary practices, safe physical activities, and regular glucose monitoring.