Study Finds Diabetes Epidemic Among Xavante Indigenous Community in Central Brazil
Photo: Fernando Korn Malerbi
The Xavante, one of the indigenous communities most vulnerable to SARS-CoV-2 in Brazil, are suffering from an epidemic of diabetes, a "silent" disease considered a risk factor for severe COVID-19.
A group of researchers affiliated with the Federal University of São Paulo's Medical School (EPM-UNIFESP) and the University of São Paulo's Ribeirão Preto Medical School (FMRP-USP) examined the retinas of 157 individuals before the COVID-19 pandemic and found a high prevalence of type 2 diabetes and eye disorders caused by the disease.
The study was supported by São ...