A Kuwait medical research team consisting of scientists and specialists from the Dasman Diabetes Institute and Kuwait University was able to publish research on important findings about the complications of “Covid 19” in diabetics in the prestigious American Diabetes Care magazine, which is classified as the second best research journal of endocrinology and diabetes in the world with an impact factor that exceeds The 16th journal issued by the American Diabetes Association is one of the best international journals related to diabetes research.
The assistant professor at the College of Allied Medical Sciences and the managing researcher at the Dasman Diabetes Institute and the head of the research team, Dr. Hamad Muhammad Ali Yassin, indicated that the risk of complications and death increases among Covid 19 patients if they develop other chronic diseases such as obesity, heart disease and diabetes, and this matter may give the impression at the beginning that The absence of a chronic disease in the patient is sufficient to protect him from these symptoms and their complications.
He added, “After analyzing the data of a group of” Covid 19 “patients in Kuwait, it became clear to us that this concept is inaccurate, as we discovered that the risk is proportional to an uncommonly increased blood sugar level, in contrast to the traditional thought with a double view, which classifies patients as either diabetic or not.
assin indicated that he and the medical team did not classify patients into a group with diabetes and others without affliction, but rather they were arranged gradually in proportion to the level of blood sugar, and then the relationship of serious complications and death resulting from Covid-19 was studied in this gradient.
He added that after looking at the data from this angle, we discovered that the degree of risk increases dramatically with every slight increase in the level of blood sugar, even if the person with Covid 19 is not diabetic. In addition, we discovered that the frequency of increased risk with increased blood sugar levels is lower for diabetics and more for others.
He pointed out that this discovery has implications that are hidden from the traditional bilateral view, as it indicates that the risk of Covid 19 disease increases with an increase in the level of blood sugar and significantly among those without diabetes in a “non-linear” relationship.
He pointed out that this view allows a more accurate and comprehensive analysis of the relationship of the complications of Covid 19 to diabetes as well as the level of blood sugar. This discovery may indicate that there is a relationship between infection with the new Corona virus in the body and the amount of blood sugar, whether the patient has diabetes or not.
Yassin praised the fruitful cooperation between the Ministry of Health, Dasman Diabetes Institute and Kuwait University in facing the Corona pandemic since the first day, and praised the concerted efforts between doctors and researchers, which contributed to strengthening the response to the epidemic through active scientific research.
This research comes as a result of the research response to the Corona pandemic at the Dasman Diabetes Institute, which was established by the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences, which formed specialized research teams that have worked continuously since the beginning of the pandemic to study the Corona epidemic and its complications in cooperation with the Ministry of Health and researchers from Kuwait University.
In addition to Dr. Hamad Yassin, the scientific team included Dr. Barak Al-Ahmad, a member of the mission’s teaching assistant at the College of Public Health at Kuwait University and a doctoral student at Harvard University, Dr. Abdullah Al-Shammari, assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics at the College of Science at Kuwait University, and Dr. Abdullah bin Nakhy, a consultant of diabetes and endocrinology at the Dasman Diabetes Institute, and a professor. Fahad Al-Mulla, Chief Research Officer at the Dasman Diabetes Institute.