CHENNAI: With diabetes becoming the single largest comorbid condition contributing to Covid deaths in Tamil Nadu, experts believe awareness, public health intervention and better management of the lifestyle disease are need of the hour.

In Tamil Nadu, at least 50 per cent of the patients who succumbed to Covid, also had diabetes. Dr Ashwin Karuppan V, Consultant -Internal Medicine, Critical Care and Diabetology at Gleneagles Global Hospital, says the risk of contracting an infection is 50 per cent higher for diabetics. “Diabetes compromises one’s immune system,’’ he said.

Karuppan says that people must be aware of the symptoms of diabetes. “Increased thirst, weight gain, unexpected tiredness, excess sweating or extensive weight loss could be early signs of diabetes. People with these symptoms should consult a doctor and get their sugar levels tested,’’ he said.

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