University of Lynchburg DMSc Doctoral Project Assignment Repository

University of Lynchburg DMSc Doctoral Project Assignment Repository


Emergency Medicine


Dr. Thomas Colletti


Covid has been devastating to the lives and well-being of so many people all over the world but in this study the emphasis will be placed on how its effects on the long-term health of those with diabetes. Diabetes in itself is a problem that has impacted people and their families greatly as it often shortens lives and limits the ability of a person to work or provide. While Covid is often thought of as a respiratory disease it is weakening the immune systems of those with already weakened immune systems. Those with metabolic problems due to their diabetes are now feeling the effect of a respiratory condition on their bodies and they compound each other. Identifying that covid is has a disproportionately greater effect on those with diabetes so that additional care and attention can be paid to those who need it is imperative. Already diabetes disproportionately affects those in a lower socioeconomic class and there is a great need for help with disease management and overall health in these populations. Given that covid-19 is relatively new the long-term effects can not clearly be identified yet. However, outlying where and what populations to keep a close eye on for trends is imperative so the proper attention and resources can be allocated appropriately.


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