Impact of newly diagnosed diabetes on COVID-19 severity and hyperglycemia

Journal of Diabetes InvestigationUchihara M, Bouchi R, Kodani N, et al. | January 28, 2022

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Researchers aimed at determining the features and outcome of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) patients who were newly diagnosed with diabetes in Japan.

  • A total of 62 patients with diabetes who were hospitalized for COVID-19 at the National Center for Global Health and Medicine in Tokyo, Japan, were studied retrospectively.

  • The patients included 19 (30.6%) patients with newly diagnosed diabetes and 43 (69.4%) patients with pre-existing diabetes.

  • Overall there was a high proportion of COVID-19 patients who are newly diagnosed with diabetes; the risk of developing severe disease is increased for these patients relative to those with pre existing diabetes.

  • Researchers suggest performing assessment of blood glucose and HbA1c levels in all patients at the point of COVID-19 diagnosis.

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