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Scientists at USA confirmed that the people who got sick due to Covid-19have an increased risk of being subsequently diagnosed for the first time with type 2 diabetes.

It was also found that on the one hand the risk concerns all variants – older and newer of the coronavirus such as Omicron – and on the other hand that early vaccination can reduce the risk of developing diabetes after infection.

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The medical center’s Smidt Heart Institute researchers Cedars-Sinai in Los Angelesled by Dr. Alan Kwan, who made the relevant publication in the American Medical Journal “JAMA Network Open“, analyzed data on 23,709 adult patients with a mean age of 47 years.

It found that the risk of new-onset type 2 diabetes after Covid-19 was 2.1% combined in vaccinated and unvaccinated.

Especially among the vaccinated it was 1%, while among the unvaccinated it was 2.7%.

Our results verify that the risk of developing type 2 diabetes following a Covid-19 infection is real and has unfortunately persisted throughout the Omicron era” said Dr. Quan. He called the fact worrisome, given that most people will eventually become infected with the coronavirus.

On the other hand, he added, “the findings suggest that vaccination against Covid-19 before infection may provide protection against the risk of diabetes. Although further studies are needed to confirm this, we firmly believe that vaccination against the coronavirus remains an important protective tool“.

Professor of cardiology Susan Cheng reported that “although we don’t yet know for sure, the indications we see in the data are that Covid-19 infection can act as an accelerator of the disease, increasing the risk of a diagnosis someone would otherwise have later in life. That is, instead of being diagnosed with diabetes at age 65, someone with a pre-existing risk for diabetes may, after Covid-19, develop diabetes at age 45 or 55“.

Diabetes disrupts normal metabolic functions, preventing the pancreas from producing enough insulin, a hormone that helps regulate blood sugar.

Because diabetes can damage vital organs and blood vessels, diabetics have a higher risk of heart attack and stroke.