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Diabetes mellitus and COVID-19: A review and management guidance for South Africa

A Coetzee, J J Taljaard, S S Hugo, M Conradie, M Conradie-Smit, J A Dave

Abstract


This article reviews the association between diabetes mellitus (DM) and COVID-19. We report on the convergence of infectious diseases such as coronavirus infections and non-communicable diseases including DM. The mechanisms for the interaction between COVID-19 and DM are explored, and suggestions for the management of DM in patients with COVID-19 in South Africa are offered.


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A Coetzee, Division of Endocrinology, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University, Cape Town, South Africa

J J Taljaard, Department of Medicine and Centre for Infectious Diseases, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University, Cape Town, South Africa

S S Hugo, Department of Medicine and Centre for Infectious Diseases, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University, Cape Town, South Africa

M Conradie, Division of Endocrinology, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University, Cape Town, South Africa

M Conradie-Smit, Division of Endocrinology, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University, Cape Town, South Africa

J A Dave, Division of Endocrinology, Department of Medicine, Groote Schuur Hospital and Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town, South Africa

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Keywords

Diabetes mellitus; SARS-CoV-2; Coronavirus disease-2019; Covid-19; Non-communicable disease; NCD; Infectious disease; Antihyperglycaemic agents

Cite this article

South African Medical Journal 2020;110(8):761-766.

Article History

Date submitted: 2020-06-18
Date published: 2020-06-18

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