Needless to say, the coronavirus pandemic has paralyzed the world in several ways. Not only because the virus disrupts the economy and social life, but also makes our bodies more susceptible to lifestyle diseases. Even before the coronavirus pandemic hit the world, health experts spread the word about the risks of developing the lifestyle disease.
And now a recent study has found that in the year after infection, COVID-19 is associated with a 40 percent higher risk of new diabetes.
The study, published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology under the title Risks and lasts of incident diabetes in lung COVID: a cohort study, involved more than 180,000 coronavirus-infected participants. The investigation was led by Ziyad Al-Aly, who was the first to warn about the possible link between the coronavirus and diabetes. The outcome of the study translates to more than one additional new case of diabetes per 100 infections from COVID-19.
Earlier, a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that children under 18 who recover from the coronavirus are more susceptible to type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Asmita Mahajan and Dr. Gurudutt Bhat, also found that since the start of the pandemic, the number of diabetes cases in the age group of 13 to 15 years has been on an upward trend.
The most common symptoms of diabetes in children are excessive thirst, bedwetting and sudden weight loss. There are several ways that can be built in to keep childhood diabetes at bay, such as focusing on a balanced diet, getting more exercise, less sugar intake, less screen time, and less weight.
For those who don’t know, before the coronavirus, diabetes was the ninth leading cause of death worldwide, and in 2017 just over 6 percent of the world’s population had type 2 diabetes, a condition in which the body becomes less responsive to insulin.
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