COVID-19 Ups Diabetes Risk 40% An Year Later

The study, based on records from more than 8 million people and 180,000 who had COVID-19, was published this week in Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology by Yan Xie MPH, of Veterans Research and Education Foundation of Saint Louis, MO, along with Al-Aly…, COVID-19 Ups Diabetes Risk 40% a Year Later, Miriam E. Tucker, Mar 2022

The long-term implications of COVID-19 increasing diabetes risk are “profound,” write Venkat Narayan, MD, and Lisa R Staimez, PhD, both of the Rollins School of Public Health and Emory Global Diabetes Research Center at Emory University in Atlanta, in an editorial accompanying the new paper.

“Any COVID-19-related increases in diabetes incidence could lead to unprecedented cases of diabetes worldwide—wreaking havoc on already over-stretched and under-resourced clinical and public health systems globally, with devastating tolls in terms of deaths and suffering,” they write.

In the U.S., “this is going to translate to literally millions more people with new [cases of] diabetes,” says Al-Aly.