TUESDAY, Jan. 12, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Diabetics who’ve contracted COVID-19 should suspend their use of a class of common diabetes drugs known as sodium-glucose co-transporter 2 inhibitors (SGLT2i), new research warns.

People using these medications for diabetes are at risk of a potentially fatal complication called diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), and it now appears that risk increases even more if they become sick with COVID-19, said senior researcher Dr. Naomi Fisher, director of the Hypertension Service and Hypertension Specialty Clinic at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

Diabetic ketoacidosis occurs when there’s not enough insulin to allow cells to absorb glucose from the bloodstream, Fisher said.

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