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In May, Healio readers were drawn to sex hormones that were being investigated to treat COVID-19, greater complications of COVID-19 for patients with diabetes and obesity, the relationship between thyroid dysfunction and working hours, and more.

Studies investigating the use of estrogen to reduce COVID-19 complications

As researchers continue to assess the complications of COVID-19, one striking difference has become clear – men who contract a new corona virus are more likely to be intubated or die compared to women. READ

The study examined progesterone to reduce inflammation in COVID-19

Of the many complications reported accompanying COVID-19, one of the most annoying for researchers is the “cytokine storm,” or overactive immune response to viral infections. Researchers are looking for therapies that might inhibit inflammation, such as the sex hormone progesterone. READ

10% of diabetics, COVID-19 died within 7 days of being admitted to the hospital

The first large study assessing results among people with diabetes who were hospitalized for COVID-19 showed that 10% of patients died and 20.3% needed intubation for mechanical ventilation within 7 days of admission. READ

Obesity has tripled from more severe symptoms with COVID-19

In two groups of Chinese adults with COVID-19, those who were obese were at least three times more likely to have severe cases of the disease than those who were of normal weight, according to two studies published in Diabetes Care. READ

Wearing a heavyweight vest reduces fat mass, weight gain among obese adults

Obese adults who wear heavyweight vests – corresponding to 11% of their body weight – every day for 3 weeks experience weight loss and fat mass compared to similar adults who wear 1% light vests, according to data from proof-of-concept studies . READ

‘Obesity should not be ignored’: Overweight encourages inflammation, hypoventilation behind COVID-19 complications

New data about the underlying condition among people treated in hospitals with COVID-19 reveal that novel coronaviruses disproportionately affect people with obesity, who are far more likely to experience severe complications compared to people without being overweight. READ

A smaller dinner, a bigger breakfast can reduce the risk of death from diabetes, CVD

People with diabetes who eat more at dinner compared to breakfast have a greater risk for death from diabetes and cardiovascular disease; However, one model suggests replacing 5% of total energy intake at dinner with breakfast can reduce the risk of death. READ

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Filling prescriptions becomes easier for some people, more difficult for others during COVID-19

As part of increasing reliance on telemedicine to provide care during the COVID-19 pandemic, providers are also prescribing more drugs virtually. Previous regulations, which require established provider-patient relationships to prescribe some online drugs, have been temporarily suspended to meet emergency public health needs. READ

More hypothyroidism is seen among adults with longer work weeks

Hypothyroidism is more than 2.5 times more common among Korean adults who work between 53 and 83 hours per week than those who work between 36 and 42 hours per week. In addition, those who work longer hours increase their chances of hypothyroidism by 46% for each additional 10 hours they work per week. READ

The future of insulin: Pills, patches, weekly formulations can change diabetes management

Some recent advances in noninjectable insulin delivery methods can offer new ways for diabetics to better manage disease and control glucose responses. New research from phase 2b studies shows that oral insulin formulations are now closer than ever before to become a reality, and coin-sized “smart” insulin patches have shown hope in recent animal studies. READ



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