SIGN UP FOR UPDATES!
Sign up for Englemed updates from TwitterSign up for Englemed updates from Facebook
ENGLEMED
Contact Englemed
Our contact email address.
We can provide a specialist, tailored health and medical news service for your site.
Click here for more information
RSS graphic XML Graphic Add to Google
About Englemed news services - services and policies.
Englemed News Blog - Ten years and counting.
Diary of a reluctant allergy sufferer - How the British National Health Service deals with allergy.
BOOKS AND GIFTS THIS WAY!
BookshopFor books on women's health, healthy eating ideas, mental health issues, diabetes, etc click here
SEARCH THIS SITE
Google

WWW Englemed
Copyright Notice. All reports, text and layout copyright Englemed Ltd, 52 Perry Avenue, Birmingham UK B42 2NE. Co Registered in England No 7053778 Some photos copyright Englemed Ltd, others may be used with permission of copyright owners.
Disclaimer: Englemed is a news service and does not provide health advice. Advice should be taken from a medical professional or appropriate health professional about any course of treatment or therapy.
FreeDigitalPhotos
www.freedigitalphotos.net
FreeWebPhotos
www.freewebphoto.com
FROM OUR NEWS FEEDS
Epithelial cell states distinguish between uterine cancers
Fri December 3rd - Two epithelial cell states have been identified that can help to distinguish between types of uterine cancer, British researchers announced last night. More
COVID-19 boosters increase immunity
Fri December 3rd - Six different types of COVID-19 boosters are safe and increase immunity following vaccination with either the AstraZeneca or Pfizer-BioNTech jabs, British researchers report today. More
RECENT COMMENTS
On 09/10/2020 William Haworth wrote:
How long is recovery time after proceedure... on Ablation cuts atrial fibrillat...
On 08/02/2018 David Kelly wrote:
Would you like to write a piece about this to be i... on Researchers unveil new pain re...
On 23/10/2017 Cristina Pereira wrote:
https://epidemicj17.imascientist.org.uk/2017/06/21... on HIV breakthrough - MRC...
On 12/09/2017 Aparna srikantam wrote:
Brilliant finding! indeed a break through in under... on Leprosy research breakthrough...
On 01/07/2017 Annetta wrote:
I have been diagnosed with COPD for over 12 years.... on Seaweed plan for antimicrobial...
OUR CLIENTS
THIS WEEK'S STORIES
ENGLEMED HEALTH NEWS

Severe COVID-19 risk with diabetic retinopathy

Wednesday November 25th 2020

People with diabetic retinopathy are at a raised risk if they become infected with COVID-19, a study has found.

This condition develops due to damage to the small blood vessels in the eye in just over half of people with type 1 diabetes and 30% of people with type 2 diabetes.

Dr Antonella Corcillo and her team at King's College London, UK, tested 187 people with diabetes (eight of whom had type 1 diabetes), all hospitalised with COVID-19. Overall, 36% had diabetic retinopathy.

This group had a five-fold higher risk of needing artificial ventilation. However, there was no link between retinopathy and mortality.

The study was published yesterday (24 November) in Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice.

Dr Corcillo says: "This is the first time that retinopathy has been linked to severe COVID-19 in people with diabetes. Retinopathy is a marker of damage to the blood vessels and our results suggest that such pre-existing damage to blood vessels may result in a more severe COVID-19 infection requiring intensive care treatment.”

The paper’s senior author, Dr Janaka Karalliedde, added: "There is increasing evidence that there is significant damage to the blood vessels in the lung and other organs in patients hospitalised with severe COVID-19.

“People with diabetes are at high risk of vascular complications affecting the large and small blood vessels.

"We hypothesise that the presence of diabetes related vascular disease such as retinopathy may result in greater vulnerability and susceptibility to respiratory failure. Therefore, looking for presence or history of retinopathy or other vascular complications of diabetes may help health care professionals identify patients at high risk.”

Corcillo, A. et al. Diabetic retinopathy is independently associated with increased risk of intubation: a single centre cohort study of patients with diabetes hospitalised with COVID-19. Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice 24 November 2020

Tags: Diabetes | Eye Health | Flu & Viruses | Respiratory | UK News

Printer friendly page Printer friendly page

Comment on this article:

Name:
Email:
Comment:
<a>,<b> & <p> tags allowed
Please enter the letters displayed:
(not case sensitive)
CATEGORIES