PEOPLE who have had Covid in the past year have been warned to look for signs of a new potential side effect.
A study has shown those who have battled the infection are at greater risk of a life-threatening condition that is already affecting five million Britons.
They were 46 percent more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes for the first time in a year after a positive test.
The finding also applies to people who have had less severe symptoms or no symptoms at all.
However, those most at risk were those who had a severe attack of illness MSN.
Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body cannot properly process sugar from food.
It requires strict treatment, because without it, high blood sugar can damage organs, eyes, and limbs and lead to heart attacks and strokes.
The serious condition is already on the rise due to rising obesity levels.
Ziyad Al-Aly, head of research and development at VA St. Louis Health Care System, who led the review, said: “For the general public, if you’ve had Covid-19, you need to watch your blood sugar.”
It comes at a time when an estimated one in 20 people in England are suffering from Covid, after millions before.
Although the research was primarily conducted on white, older males, the large number of people involved made Mr. Al-Aly confident that his findings were applicable to the general public.
He and his team compared the medical records of more than 181,000 veterans who were diagnosed with Covid to 4.1 million veterans who were not.
The study, published in the Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, states: “Taken together, current evidence suggests that diabetes is one facet of the multi-faceted Long Covid Syndrome.
“Post-acute care strategies of people living with Covid-19 should include the detection and management of diabetes.”
A number of smaller studies have also shown the possibility of post-Covid diabetes.
Last week, a German study found that Covid survivors were 28 percent more likely than average to develop type 2 diabetes.
The study involved 35,865 people who tested positive for the coronavirus.
dr Diabetes UK’s Faye Riley said: “This study and others suggest that the coronavirus could trigger type 2 diabetes.
“But it’s not yet clear whether the virus is causing new cases of type 2 diabetes, bringing undiagnosed cases to light, or temporarily spiking blood sugar levels.”
Are you at risk?
Type 2 diabetes can go undetected for a while as symptoms are often brushed aside.
You could get into trouble if you:
- Peeing more than usual, especially at night
- Constant feeling of thirst
- feeling very tired
- Lose weight without trying
- itching around your penis or vagina or repeated occurrences of thrush
- Cuts or wounds that take longer to heal
- blurred vision
Other less common signs are:
- Dark patches of skin
- Frequent infections
- itchy skin
- Dry mouth
- sweet breath
- tingling or numbness
- Bad teeth
If you have a relative with diabetes, are overweight, or are of Asian, African-Caribbean or Black African descent (even if you were born in the UK) then you already have a higher chance of being diagnosed.
The same applies to people over the age of 40 (or over 25 if they are of South Asian descent).
But children can get it too, with an estimated 36,000 children in the UK being affected.
And there was concern in one Increase in diabetes in children even after a corona infection.
Earlier this year, US scientists looked at a dataset that found children who contracted Covid were 31 percent more likely to be diagnosed with diabetes than those who avoided it.
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