Millions of people take a pill every day for high blood pressure and diabetes. The study showed that they increase the risk of developing deadly symptoms of the coronavirus.
Victims of hypertension and diabetes have an increased risk of severe and sometimes fatal symptoms of the coronavirus not so much because of their illnesses, but because of medication.
We are talking about drugs from the class of ACE inhibitors and blockers of receptors of angiotensin. They change the shape of the human cells in such a way that the coronavirus is becoming easier to infect. As a result, the disease is more severe, as shown by a study by British scientists, published in the journal The Lancet Respiratory Medicine.
Only in England in the past year we issued 65 million prescriptions for these drugs. They are intended for the treatment of diabetes or high blood pressure, and these violations in the country affects about 6.6 million people. A new study has shown how the coronavirus attaches to cells and infects them. While doctors urge patients with diabetes and hypertension is in any case not to stop taking the pill. If you have any concerns, better discuss them with the doctors.
The study was purely observational, it is not proved that these drugs lead to a more severe course COVID-19. But suggested the existence of communication and put forward possible explanations. One of the risk factors of coronaviruses is the presence of concomitant diseases in addition to old age. A weak immune system, diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, asthma, cancer, or other chronic disorders increase the likelihood of a more severe course of the disease.