If you are already living with a pre-exisiting medical condition like diabetes, and are used to closely managing your body’s needs, it’s completely valid to feel extra anxiety at a time like this. Not everything is known about how Covid-19 impacts on those with diabetes, but people with underlying conditions seem to develop more serious illness when they contract the virus, so government advice is to observe social distancing and stay at home as much as possible.
However, there are things you can control: stock up on a week’s worth of medical supplies, insulin and food, if you can. If you think you may have to self-isolate, get in touch with your local pharmacy and GP to discuss support, and if there are prescription delivery services available.
Think about how to access healthy food to manage your diabetes, and how to exercise enough while at home. For more ideas, have a look at our information on cheap, healthy recipes, and where to get support with mental health and wellbeing during social distancing. If you are unable to work during this time, or your finances are impacted, have a look at our section relating to Money.
For further support, visit nhs.uk/conditions/diabetes/ diabetes.org.uk/about_us/news/coronavirus endocrineweb.com/conditions/diabetes/diabetes-covid-19