MELBOURNE, Australia — People taking medication to combat diabetes or high blood pressure could be at an elevated risk to contract the potentially deadly COVID-19, according to an article appearing in the Daily Mail. Scientists believe that ACE inhibitors and angiotensin receptor blockers could lead to stronger symptoms of the coronavirus. Scientists say that the enzyme to which the coronavirus attaches is increased by the medication. The medication changes the shape of the patient’s cells, which could make it easier for the COVID-19 to attack the body. The article in the Daily Mail indicates that 1.317 million people in Australia alone could suffer enhanced coronavirus symptoms.
Researchers said they need to perform additional testing to determine if the identified medications and enhanced symptoms from COVID-19 are linked. They wanted to warn patients of the possibility. Additionally, the researchers said that patients must continue to take their medication as prescribed and to consult their physicians if they have questions about whether they should continue to take their medication.
The recent study suggests that the coronavirus attaches itself to an enzyme identified as angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2). High blood pressure and some diabetic medication, for both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, increase ACE2 in their cells to keep the illness under control. The drugs are known as ACE inhibitors and angiotensin receptor blockers. Increased development of ACE2 can increase the ease of infection. Ultimately, the medication could create a conflict between coronavirus prevention and treatment for high blood pressure or diabetes.
On the other hand, scientists say that the evidence concerning COVID-19 and high blood pressure medicine conflicts. Doctors, therefore, cannot state that there is proof that people with high blood pressure have a greater chance of getting sick.
Still, scientists urge people to continue to take their medication as directed until told otherwise.
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