TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) – You’ve likely heard doctors warned with diabetes that you may be at higher risk for a severe case of COVID-19. Now there is a new question. Could the virus actually trigger new cases of diabetes?
Some studies, such as the Journal of Diabetes, Obesity, and Metabolism, examine precisely this question. In fact, researchers found that of nearly 4,000 hospitalized patients, nearly 15% were newly diagnosed with diabetes. So is there a real connection or is it a cause without causality?
Dr. Chetanbabu Patel, a pediatric endocrinologist at Tucson Medical Center, says we don’t currently have enough evidence to clearly state that COVID causes diabetes. However, he did mention that he had seen an increased rate of diabetes cases in the past five months. He believes this could be related to the pandemic in other ways.
“There have been a lot of children with type 2 diabetes, which is likely related to a pandemic: sedentary lifestyle, sedentary lifestyle, being at home, eating, not doing the usual daily living they would normally have at school,” said Patel.
Dr. Patel also says they are now addressing the increased number of diabetes cases, but it could be a few years before we have a better idea of what is happening.
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