VANCOUVER: One in every 20 new diabetes cases may be linked to Covid infection, a new study has found.
Research published in the medical journal JAMA Network Open adds to the evidence of a possible link between the global epidemic and the rapidly growing diabetes crisis. According to the research, people who suffered from severe form of covid had a higher risk of developing diabetes.
However, in the UK, with over 4.3 million cases according to official figures, overweight or obesity is at the heart of the growing crisis.
Although previous studies indicated that SARS-CoV-2 infection may increase the risk of diabetes by damaging insulin-producing cells in the liver, these studies were either very limited or I included certain individuals such as US military veterans who could not be counted in the public.
For the research, Vancouver-based University of British Columbia professor Naveed Janjua and his colleagues became part of a surveillance platform that linked data on covid infections and vaccinations with administrative health data.
He reviewed the PCR test records of 629 thousand 935 people. People who tested positive for Covid-19 were significantly more likely to develop type 1 or type 2 in the coming weeks or months. 3-5% of all covid cases are diabetes.
Naveed Janjua said that in 100 people affected by diabetes, 3 to 5 percent of the disease is caused by SARS-CoV-2 infection.