New studies have suggested that COVID-19 infection is linked to an increased risk of developing diabetes and hypertension, raising concerns about the long-term health effects of the pandemic. The studies, conducted by various research groups, have shown that people who have recovered from COVID-19 are at higher risk for developing these conditions than those who have not been infected.
According to a report, researchers at the University of Toronto found that patients who had been hospitalized for COVID-19 were more likely to develop hypertension and diabetes within six months after discharge. The study, which was published in the journal Diabetes Care, also showed that patients who had pre-existing diabetes and hypertension had a higher risk of death or rehospitalization.
Similarly, a study conducted by Indian researchers found that COVID-19 infection increased the risk of diabetes, which persisted during the Omicron wave. The study, published in the Journal of the Association of Physicians of India, found that patients with COVID-19 were three times more likely to develop diabetes compared to those who did not have the virus.
Another study, published in News Medical, found that the COVID-19 pandemic has been associated with a higher risk of developing metabolic conditions such as diabetes and hypertension. The researchers suggested that the pandemic has led to lifestyle changes, including reduced physical activity, which could be contributing to the increased risk. The study also found that the risk of developing these conditions was higher in patients with more severe COVID-19 infections.
The link between COVID-19 and diabetes and hypertension has raised concerns among healthcare professionals, who are now urging people to take steps to reduce their risk of developing these conditions. Experts suggest that regular exercise, a healthy diet, and maintaining a healthy weight can help reduce the risk of developing these conditions.
It is important to note that the studies do not show a direct cause-and-effect relationship between COVID-19 and diabetes and hypertension but rather suggest an association. However, the findings are concerning and highlight the need for further research on the long-term health effects of COVID-19.
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