Study Shows that 60% of Brazilians Failed to Control Diabetes in the Pandemic

Lack of disease control, physical inactivity and carelessness with food bring serious consequences

The Covid-19 pandemic negatively impacted the control of diabetes by Brazilians living with the disease. A study conducted with more than 1,700 patients and published in August by the scientific journal Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice points this out.

In the study, carried out by SBD (Brazilian Diabetes Society) in partnership with several researchers, between April 22 and May 4, 59.4% of the patients worsened in the control of the disease and, consequently, in the glycemic index during the pandemic; and 59.5% reduced the practice of physical activities.

Another worrying fact is that 38.4% postponed appointments or scheduled exams, and 40.2% have not scheduled new visits to the doctor since the beginning of the pandemic. On the other hand, 95% of diabetics followed the guidelines for social distance.

“We learned in the pandemic that not only obesity but also diabetes are factors that make Covid-19 worse. So, it is crucial to take care of all chronic diseases,” warns the endocrinologist Priscilla Olim Mattar, medical director of the health company Novo Nordisk.

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Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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