According to one study, about 3.8 million diabetes diagnosis and monitoring tests were overlooked or delayed during the six-month blockade in the United Kingdom.
It happened because the GP was forced to postpone the appointment and the patient was afraid that a visit to the healthcare center could expose them to the virus.
Estimates from data from six test centers across the UK, which cover about 6% of the total population, are that 2.4 million diabetes diagnostic tests were missed or delayed between the end of March and the end of September last year. Is shown. -Missed diagnosis of diabetes and 68,500 people with diabetes.
An additional 1.4 million monitoring tests in diabetics were also missed nationwide, according to a new study presented at the European Diabetes Foundation’s (EASD) annual meeting. This includes more than 500,000 people, including patients with high blood sugar levels.
The overlooked cases were true for both type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
Missing or delaying these tests can lead to immediate and long-term complications such as hyperglycemia-hyperglycemia-heart disease, kidney disease, blindness, and nerve damage, in addition to life-threatening conditions such as heart attack and stroke. Increases sex. ..
It is important for diabetics to keep their blood sugar (sugar) as close to normal as possible. However, the pandemic has caused unprecedented disruption to many routine medical services, including monitoring blood tests, which are key to diagnosing and managing diabetes.
“One-third of Covid’s deaths in the UK are diabetic, and more people are at risk of being the worst affected by the virus because diabetes cannot be effectively managed or diagnosed. There is a possibility. ” David Holland, Principal Researcher, Healthcare Data Consultant The Benchmarking Partnership.
“Uncontrolled diabetes causes havoc in the body. Without focusing on the broader impact on diabetics and other groups with chronic illnesses, Covid-19’s poor outcomes and long-term health problems The risk can be increased, “he said.
“Even now, in September 2021, test volumes have just begun to reach the levels we normally expect. Impacts can last far beyond the crisis, producing long-term health impacts. , Which could impose new demands on the already overloaded NHS, “Holland added.
In this study, researchers used test data collected regularly for glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c), a measure of blood glucose levels over the last three months, to diagnose and manage diabetes. We investigated the effect of pandemic on.
They analyzed data from six UK test centers supporting 3.7 million people (6% of the UK population) between October 2017 and September 2020. This includes 3.6 million HbA1c tests on 1.7 million people.