As if we don’t have enough to think about as people with diabetes during the coronavirus pandemic. I came across this issue published online on 11 March 2020 in the respected peer-reviewed publication, Lancet.
This piece has only proposed a hypothesis: ACE inhibitors (angiotensin coveting enzyme) and ARBs (angiotensin receptor blocker) make people who take them more receptive to catching and incubating the coronavirus.
This is a question that needs to be tested but if it’s shown to be true, then that may explain some of the reason why people with diabetes suffer a higher incidence of more extreme consequences of this virus.
I’ve been taking an ACE inhibitor or ARB blood pressure drug for 20 years or more but have been able to get off of them recently. I think many lifestyle changes that I’ve implemented in the last year or so have helped reduce my blood pressure. I still take a beta-blocker to keep my heart rate down.
I’ll be interested in your comments once you read this one-page report.