Covid survivors likely to develop heart disease, diabetes in 3 months, Health News, ET HealthWorld

London: Patients who contract Covid-19 are at higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease and diabetes, especially within three months of infection, according to a new study.

Scientists are increasingly recognizing Covid-19 as a multisystem disease that can cause disease throughout the body, likely by triggering pathways that cause inflammation.

Researchers at King’s College London, UK, analyzed the anonymized medical records of more than 428,000 Covid patients and the same number of control people, to determine whether Covid patients developed new cases of diabetes and diseases cardiovascular disease at higher rates than those who never had it. disease within a year of infection.

The analysis, published in the open-access journal PLOS Medicine, showed that Covid patients had 81% more diabetes diagnoses in the first four weeks after contracting the virus and their risk remained elevated by 27% until at 12 weeks post-infection. .

Covid has also been associated with a six-fold increase in cardiovascular diagnoses overall, mainly due to the development of pulmonary embolisms (blood clots in the lungs) and irregular heartbeat. The risk of a new diagnosis of heart disease began to decline five weeks after infection and returned to baseline or lower levels within 12 weeks to a year.

However, the researchers also noted that Covid infection is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disorders and diabetes, but fortunately there does not appear to be a long-term increase in the incidence of these conditions for the patients who have contracted the virus.

Based on these findings, the team recommends doctors advise their patients recovering from Covid to reduce their risk of diabetes through healthy diet and exercise.

“The information provided by this very large population-based study on the longer-term effects of Covid-19 on the development of cardiovascular disease and diabetes will be extremely valuable to physicians managing the millions of people who have already had Covid. -19 It is clear that special vigilance is required for at least the first 3 months after Covid-19, said university co-author Ajay Shah.