Diabetes is biggest killer for those with Coronavirus in Louisiana

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BATON ROUGE, La. (LOCAL 33/FOX 44) – Numbers from the Louisiana Department of Health show that diabetes is the underlying condition killing more people with the Coronavirus.

“The COVID situation has really exposed a lot of issues that we have in Louisiana as being negative contributing factors to someone’s recovery from COVID,” said Dr. Antoine Keller, Cardiovascular Surgeon at Baton Rouge General Bluebonnet.

Of the underlying conditions among COVID-19 deaths in Louisiana, diabetes is the biggest killer at 40%, followed by obesity and cardiac issues.

Dr. Keller said going to your doctor’s appointments and taking your medicine are ways to make a change to your underlying illness.

Dr. Keller added, “It’s really important to make sure that you have enough medicine especially in situations like this when we might not be able to get out and about as much as we would normally.”

On March 31, there were more than 5,200 Coronavirus cases in the state. Governor John Bel Edwards extended the stay at home order until the end of April. It’s in place to help flatten the curve, but Dr. Keller said don’t forget about your health.

“If you’re having a heart attack or you feel like someone you know is having a heart attack or a stroke, please come to the hospital because the sooner you get there, the better we will be able to take care of the problems that will arise eventually,” Dr. Keller said.

Dr. Keller added that you should try to get exercise everyday for at least 30 minutes, just make sure you practice social distancing and follow the guidelines of the stay at home order.

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