More new cases of diabetes being diagnosed linked with Covid-19
The research provides the latest evidence that the pandemic could be contributing to a rise in new cases of diabetes where people who have experienced more severe Covid-19 at greatest risk.
In the UK there are 4.3 million officially diagnosed cases and in the case of type 2 diabetes the main causes are lifestyle factors to do with being overweight or obese.
Researchers concluded: “We found that Covid-19 infection was associated with a higher risk of incident diabetes overall and among males and that severe disease was associated with a higher risk of diabetes among males and females. These results suggest that infection with Covid-19 may have contributed to a 3% to 5% excess burden of diabetes, which may be associated with a substantial number of diabetes cases with bearing on health care needs for the management of diabetes and its complications.
“Our study highlights the importance of health agencies and clinicians being aware of the potential long-term consequences of Covid-19 and monitoring people after Covid-19 infection for new-onset diabetes for timely diagnosis and treatment.”
Read the report in JAMA Network Open
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