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Covid’s Omicron Variant, Thought to Be Milder, Can Increase Risk for Diabetes



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People infected with Covid-19 during the omicron era face an increased risk of diabetes and related diseases, according to a study showing that long-term dangers of the virus have persisted since the strain began spreading.  

Rates of newly diagnosed diabetes, high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol were higher in the 90 days after Covid infection than the period before, according to a study of almost 24,000 patients during the period of omicron’s dominance from researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, and vaccination appeared to help reduce these risks.