Dr. Carolina Solis-Herrera, endocrinologist and diabetes specialist, said one current theory that could explain the blow to diabetes patients’ immune systems might lie in the ACE-2 receptor in people’s bodies.

“It’s a receptor that we have in our body working normally. But patients with high blood sugar, patients with obesity and other inflammatory chronic diseases, have an over-expression of this receptor. So the virus that causes COVID-19 attaches to those receptors, which could be a recipe for disaster,” Solis-Herrera said.

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