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Diabetes Tops The List Of Underlying Conditions In People Dead From COVID-19 In Louisiana

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Travis Lux
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WWNO

Diabetes is the No. 1 underlying condition in people who have died of COVID-19 in Louisiana, the state health department reported Monday.

Of the 185 people who have died so far, 40 percent of them were diabetic, according to a press release from the Louisiana Department of Health.

Only 3 percent of those who have died had no underlying health conditions.

Other conditions in those who died include:

  • Obesity (25 percent)
  • Chronic Kidney Disease (23 percent) 
  • Cardiac (21 percent)
  • Pulmonary (12 percent)
  • Neurological (6 percent)
  • Immunocompromised (4 percent)
  • Chronic Liver Disease (2 percent)

Most of the 185 people  — 105 — who died of COVID-19 in Louisiana were 70 or older. Thirty-two were ages 60 to 69, 28 were ages 50 to 59, 13 were ages 40 to 49, and six were ages 30 to 39. This count is according to the Louisiana Department of Health website and only adds up to 184 — one short of the official count of those who have died.

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Ashley Dean is the digital news editor for New Orleans Public Radio. Before coming to New Orleans, she was the editor of Denverite, a digital news startup now under the Colorado Public Radio umbrella. Prior to that she was a copy editor and features writer at the Denver Post, and before that, a music reporter for the Colorado Daily. She graduated from Columbia University with a master's degree in journalism and from Northeastern University with a bachelor's degree in journalism.

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