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Study Finds Diabetes Epidemic Among Xavante Indigenous Community in Central Brazil

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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 ...