Demographic and Clinical Features of Critically Ill Patients with COVID-19 in Greece: The Burden of Diabetes and Obesity

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Diabetes Res Clin Pract. 2020 Jul 16:108331. doi: 10.1016/j.diabres.2020.108331. Online ahead of print.


AIMS: The aim of the study was to investigate the association between type-2 diabetes mellitus, other underlying diseases and obesity with the outcomes of critically ill Covid-19 patients in Greece.

METHODS: In this retrospective observational multi-centre study, data and outcomes of 90 RNA 2109-nCoV confirmed critically ill patients from 8 hospitals throughout Greece, were analysed. All reported information stand through April 13th 2020.

RESULTS: The median age of the patients was 65.5 (IQR 56-73), majority were male (80%) and obesity was present in 34.4% of patients most prevalent to younger than 55 years. Hypertension was the prevailing comorbidity (50%), followed by cardiovascular diseases (21.1%) and type-2 diabetes (18.9%). At admission, common symptoms duration had a median of 8 (IQR 5-11) days. A 13.3% of the patients were discharged, 53.4% were still in the ICUs and 28.9% deceased who were hospitalised for fewer days than the survivors [6 (IQR 3-9) vs. 9 (IQR 7-14.5) respectively]. Aging was not a risk factor but diabetes deteriorates the outcomes. Obesity poses a suggestive burden as it was more notable in deceased versus survivors.

CONCLUSIONS: Type 2 diabetes and obesity may have contributed to disease severity and mortality in COVID-19 critically ill patients in Greece.

PMID:32682810 | PMC:PMC7366091 | DOI:10.1016/j.diabres.2020.108331

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