Dr. Carolina Solis-Herrera, an endocrinologist and diabetes specialist, says diabetes patients should continue to be cautious during the COVID-19 pandemic.
She said one current theory that could explain the blow to diabetes patients’ immune systems might lie in the ACE-2 receptor in people’s bodies.
“It’s a receptor that we have in our body working normally. But patients with high blood sugar, patients with obesity and other inflammatory chronic diseases, have an over-expression of this receptor. So the virus that causes COVID-19 attaches to those receptors, which could be a recipe for disaster,” Solis-Herrera said.