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COVID-19 could trigger diabetes in healthy people: Study

WASHINGTON: A recent research has stated that coronavirus might impact people with type-1 diabetes.
The American team through research claimed that nearly half of people with type 1 diabetes who had become infected with COVID-19 had high blood glucose levels.
The study further said that people with diabetes are at a higher risk of becoming severely unwell by a coronavirus. In the group of 33 people who had a confirmed case of COVID-19, the researchers found that 48.5 percent had high blood glucose, 45.5 percent had a high temperature and 39.4 percent had a dry cough.
Other symptoms included tiredness (33.3 percent), vomiting (33.3 percent), shortness of breath (30.3 percent), nausea (30.2 percent), body ache or headaches (21.2 percent) and less than 15 percent said they experienced chills, chest pain, loose stools, abdominal pain, loss of taste, and loss of smell.
Aside from COVID-19, the research team also identified several other health issues, that many of the participants had in common, with obesity being the most prevalent at 39.4 percent and 12.1 percent of the confirmed COVID cases had high blood pressure. Nearly one-third of the patients developed Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA).
The research team also looked at 31 people with type 1 diabetes who appeared to show COVID-19 symptoms but had not been tested and confirmed for the virus. The symptoms among these people were very similar to those who had tested positive for the infection.

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