Russian doctor warns of hidden threat of coronavirus

The coronavirus pandemic, due to which many countries have been forced to impose strict quarantine measures, is fraught with a latent threat. Doctor of Medical Sciences, endocrinologist told about this in an interview ” Komsomolskaya Pravda ” , academician RAS Marina Shestakova .

According to her, restrictions and self-isolation have caused a decrease in physical activity, which leads to the development of obesity. The expert referred to a study by Italian scientists who came to the conclusion that during the pandemic, the number of people who moved from the group with normal and overweight to the group with obesity increased 3 times.

“Growth in body weight, dense food, limited movement are all a direct path to type 2 diabetes,” the doctor warned. At the same time, diabetes and obesity are diseases that seriously increase the risk of severe COVID-19 and death.

“Thanks to glucose, the virus, one might say, lives and thrives, and actively penetrates into cells. Therefore, diabetes, which is accompanied by high blood sugar, is a dangerous disease [when infected with coronavirus],” Shestakova explained.

Earlier, the infectious disease doctor Valery Besnosenko called diabetes mellitus, overweight and cardiovascular disease is the most dangerous factor in coronavirus infection. Over the past 24 hours in Russia detected 22 702 new cases of coronavirus infection in 85 regions is a new record for daily growth since the beginning of the pandemic. Since the beginning of the pandemic, 1,903,253 have been infected with the coronavirus. Most of the patients – 1,425,529 people – have recovered and discharged. Another 32,834 have died.