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Diabetes-related illnesses

Most people diagnosed with diabetes usually develop at least one other illness, known as a comorbidity. For example, diabetes patients may be more susceptible to COVID-19, heart disease, and high blood pressure. Some patients develop multimorbidity, which refers to the presence of two or more illnesses.

Afro-Caribbean and South Asian people with diabetes seem more likely to develop other illnesses, which can make it more difficult to manage their diabetes.

If you have been diagnosed with diabetes it is important to visit your GP periodically to discuss testing for other illnesses, or simply doing a “health MOT”, which is offered to everyone over 40.

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People with diabetes can develop one or more other illness or complications.

For example, diabetes patients are more susceptible to COVID-19.

Diabetes patients who develop complications can find it more difficult to manage their diabetes.

Afro-Caribbean and South Asian people are more likely to develop diabetes complications.


Lebe Trust
United Kingdom

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