A new risk awaits patients with Covid-19. A new study, led by Emma Rezel-Potts, Martin Gulliford and a team from King’s College London, reports that they have a higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease and diabetes, especially in the three months following infection. . These findings were published July 19 in the open-access journal PLOS Medicine.
To reach this conclusion, the researchers analyzed the records of more than 428,000 patients with Covid-19 and the same number of control people. Thus, they wanted to compare whether the patients had developed new cases of diabetes and cardiovascular disease at higher rates than a sample of people who never had the disease within a year of infection.
A real risk
Results ? Patients with Covid-19 had 81% more diabetes diagnoses within the first four weeks after contracting the virus. The risk remained high at 27% up to 12 weeks after infection. The virus has also been linked to a six-fold increase in cardiovascular diagnoses overall. 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.
Lead author Emma Rezel-Potts concludes that “Using a large national database of primary care electronic health records allowed us to characterize the risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes mellitus during the acute and at longer term after Covid-19 infection. first four weeks that patients with Covid-19 are most at risk of these findings, the risk of diabetes mellitus remains increased for at least 12 weeks Clinical and public health interventions focused on reducing the risk of diabetes in people recovering from longer-term COVID-19 can be very beneficial.”
Accordingly, scientists recommend that doctors remind patients of the need for regular physical activity and a healthy diet.