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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 11-12

COVID-19 and diabetes mellitus

1 Department of Public Health Dentistry, A.C.P.M Dental College, Dhule, Maharashtra, India
2 Department of Public Health Dentistry, V.Y.W.S Dental College, Amravati, Maharashtra, India
3 Department of Public Health Dentistry, SMBT Institute of Dental Sciences and Research, Nashik, Maharashtra, India
4 Department of Prosthodontics, Crown and Bridge, A.C.P.M Dental College, Dhule, Maharashtra, India

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DOI: 10.4103/ijmo.ijmo_3_20

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A novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, was identified as the pathogen causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Wuhan, China, in 2019. On March 11, 2020, COVID-19 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. Individuals with diabetes mellitus (DM), hypertension, and severe obesity (body mass index, 40 kg/m2) are more likely to be infected and are at a higher risk for complications and death from COVID-19. Considering the high proportion of critically ill patients with diabetes or hyperglycemia, the difficulty for treatment, and high mortality rate, effective diabetes management under epidemic conditions is extremely important. In order to increase disease awareness and improve the prognosis and outcome of patients with diabetes, better understanding of the etiological associations between COVID-19 and diabetes is needed.

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