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In an early release finding of a new study published January 7, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned that the SARS-CoV-2 infection is “associated with worsening of diabetes symptoms,” and that the virus “might also induce newly diagnosed diabetes.”

Children and teens under age 18 infected with COVID-19 were more likely to receive a diabetes diagnosis more than 30 days after the infection, than were those without the virus, and those with pre-pandemic acute respiratory infections.

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Adults infected with COVID-19 were found to be at higher risk for diabetes as well.

“The observed increased risk for diabetes among persons aged <18 years who had COVID-19 highlights the importance of COVID-19 prevention strategies, including vaccination, for all eligible persons in this age group in addition to chronic disease prevention and management. . . Monitoring for long-term consequences, including signs of new diabetes, following SARS-CoV-2 infection is important in this age group,” the researchers wrote.

Respiratory infection without COVID-19 was not associated with an increased risk for diabetes, researchers said.

On the flip side, people with diabetes were found to be at increased risk of severe COVID-19, according to the findings.

The study was conducted from March 1, 2020 to June 28, 2021.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.
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