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Results Show Dexamethasone Cut COVID-19 Death Risk By 56%

According to the results of a clinical trial conducted by researchers from Imperial College London in the U.K, dexamethasone, a common steroid, reduced the risk of ICU admission and death by 56 percent in

The studyreleased Nov. 9, concluded that dexamethasone is a reliable and effective treatment for COVID-19, even in patients with diabetes. The steroid is known to increase blood sugar levels, a serious risk for diabetic patients. But as long as diabetic patients are monitored for complications, dexamethasone is still a cheap, lifesaving treatment against COVID-19, the researchers said. 

“We now feel confident using dexamethasone for patients with diabetes in the future, just with the caveat that it may result in a short-term worsening of their condition. We need to make sure that we’ve got the right resource available to educate them and monitor them through that period,” Victoria Salem, PhD, lead investigator of the trial, said in a news release.  

The researchers compared outcomes of more than 800 patients who did not receive dexamethasone to 1,300 patients who did receive the steroid. 

The full results of the study will be published soon and were presented at the Society for Endocrinology annual conference in Edinburgh, Scotland, this week, according to the news release. 


Dr. Oche Otorkpa PG Cert, MPH, PhD

Dr. Oche is a seasoned Public Health specialist who holds a post graduate certificate in Pharmacology and Therapeutics, an MPH, and a PhD both from Texila American University. He is a member of the International Society of Substance Use Professionals and a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health in the UK. He authored two books: "The Unseen Terrorist," published by AuthorHouse UK, and "The Night Before I Killed Addiction."
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