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Preventing or managing diabetes has always been a top health priority. Now there’s one more reason for taking diabetes seriously: COVID-19. If you catch the virus, having diabetes increases your risk of becoming severely ill.  “In general, people with well-controlled diabetes tend to heal better than those with poorly controlled diabetes,” says Andrew Parziale, MD, an endocrinologist at Summit Medical Group. “They are also less likely to develop diabetes-related health problems that may make it harder to recover from COVID-19.”