COVID-19 proving deadly for diabetics, who make up 40% of fatalities

40% of all American COVID deaths were diabetics
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The combination of COVID-19 and diabetes continues to prove a deadly cocktail for Americans, with diabetics making up 40% of all coronavirus deaths in the United States, according to the American Diabetes Association.

Calling the number “really quite sobering,” ADA chief scientific and medical officer Dr. Robert Gabbay spoke with HealthDay Now about the deadly impact COVID is having on those living with diabetes.

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“I can’t say this strongly enough — if you have diabetes, get vaccinated,” Gabbay said. “With the risk of hospitalization and death related to COVID being six to 12 times higher for people with diabetes, it’s time to get vaccinated.”

According to the Johns Hopkins University coronavirus tracker, 609,023 Americans have died of COVID-19 as of Sunday. At 40%, that means over 243,000 diabetic Americans have been killed by COVID-19.

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