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Clinical Characteristics and Risk Factors for Mortality of COVID-19 Patients With Diabetes in Wuhan, China: A Two-Center, Retrospective Study

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posted on 2020-05-14, 13:32 authored by Qiao Shi, Xiaoyi Zhang, Fang Jiang, Xuanzhe Zhang, Chibu Bimu, Jiarui Feng, Su Yan, Yongjun Guan, Dongxue Xu, Guangzhen He, Chen Chen, Xingcheng Xiong, Lei Liu, Hanjun Li, Jing Tao, Zhiyong Peng, Weixing Wang
OBJECTIVE: Diabetes is common in COVID-19 patients and associated with unfavorable outcomes. We aimed to describe the characteristics, outcomes and analyze the risk factors for in-hospital mortality of COVID-19 patients with diabetes.

RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: This two-center, retrospective study was performed at two tertiary hospitals in Wuhan, China. Confirmed COVID-19 patients with diabetes (N=153) who were discharged or died from January 1, 2020, to March 8, 2020, were identified. One sex- and age-matched COVID-19 patient without diabetes was randomly selected for each patient with diabetes. Demographic, clinical, and laboratory data were abstracted. Cox proportional hazards regression analyses were performed to identify the risk factors associated with the mortality in these patients.

RESULTS: Of 1561 COVID-19 patients, 153 (9.8%) had diabetes, with a median age of 64.0 (IQR, 56.0-72.0) years. A higher proportion of ICU admission (17.6% vs 7.8%, P=0.01) and more fatal cases (20.3% vs 10.5%, P=0.017) were identified in COVID-19 patients with diabetes than in the matched patients. Multivariable Cox regression analyses of these 306 patients showed that hypertension (hazards ratio [HR] 2.50, 95% CI 1.30-4.78), cardiovascular disease (HR 2.24, 95% CI 1.19-4.23) and chronic pulmonary disease (HR 2.51, 95% CI 1.07-5.90) were independently associated with in-hospital death. Diabetes (HR 1.58, 95% CI 0.84-2.99) was not statistically significantly associated with in-hospital death after adjustment. Among patients with diabetes, nonsurvivors were older (76.0 vs 63.0 years), most were male (71.0% vs 29.0%), and were more likely to have underlying hypertension (83.9% vs 50.0%) and cardiovascular disease (45.2% vs 14.8%) (all P-values<0.05). Age ≥70 years (HR 2.39, 95% CI 1.03-5.56) and hypertension (HR 3.10, 95% CI 1.14-8.44) were independent risk factors for in-hospital death of patients with diabetes.

CONCLUSIONS: COVID-19 patients with diabetes had worse outcomes compared with the sex- and age-matched patients without diabetes. Older age and comorbid hypertension independently contributed to in-hospital death of patients with diabetes.


This study was funded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 81800574; No. 81870442). Funding sources for this study had no role in the study design; data collection, analyses, or interpretation; or writing of the manuscript.


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