People with type 2 diabetes experienced worsening of glycaemic values during lockdown, review finds

By Editor
13th September 2021
Research, Type 1 diabetes Type 2 diabetes

Research into the effect of lockdown on people with diabetes has found that while those with type 1 saw “significant” improvements in glycaemic values, those with type 2 were adversely affected.

Researchers from Hochschule Fulda-University of Applied Sciences in Germany looked at a number of studies to review the impact of the COVID-19 lockdown on glycaemic control in people with diabetes.

They examined studies involving 2,881 people with type 1 diabetes and 1,823 people with type 2 diabetes.

For those with type 1, they found that 72 per cent of the studies indicated significant improvements in glycaemic outcomes, while for type 2 diabetes, 50 per cent of the publications observed deteriorations in glycaemic control.

The researchers, who used databases including Cochrane Library, MEDLINE via PubMed and Web of Science Core Collection, said: “Glycaemic values in people with T1D significantly improved during COVID-19 lockdown, which may be associated with positive changes in self-care and digital diabetes management. In contrast, lockdown rather determined a short-term worsening in glycaemic parameters in patients with T2D.

“Further research is required, particularly into the causes and effective T2D management during lockdown.”

Read the review here.

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