Covid 19 coronavirus: Rising proof suggests virus might set off diabetes

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February 4, 2021, 7:29 am

A growing body of research suggests that the coronavirus could be a trigger for diabetes.

In the first few months of the pandemic, doctors at outbreak epicentres such as Wuhan and Italy suggested a link between new cases of diabetes and Covid-19.

In November, a study found that 14.4 percent of people who were seriously ill with coronavirus got diabetes.

There was also a case of an 18-year-old student in Germany who was asymptomatic while infected with coronavirus but felt listless a month later.

He was diagnosed with diabetes and his doctor suggested that his sudden onset could be related to the student’s infection, according to Nature magazine.

A nurse cleans a patient suffering from Covid-19 in the intensive care unit at the La Timone hospital in Marseille, southern France.  Photo / APA nurse cleans a patient suffering from Covid-19 in the intensive care unit at the La Timone hospital in Marseille, southern France. Photo / AP

More than 150 documented cases of possible coronavirus-induced diabetes have now been reported worldwide. The cases were documented through coordinated efforts by more than 300 institutions, reports The Times.

The researchers behind the Covid-IAB registry said these virus-infected patients diagnosed with diabetes had consistently suffered poor results.

However, in some cases, researchers claim the virus affected the diabetes or even caused its onset.

Doctors have believed that a steroid used to treat severe cases of coronavirus could raise blood sugar levels.

In other cases, diabetes appears to appear months after the initial infection.

One of the registry’s founders said the purpose is to find out if the diabetes cases are actually caused by Covid-19.

Professor Francesco Rubino, chairman of metabolic and bariatric surgery at King’s College London, told Times researchers that it would “decipher real Covid-induced diabetes, not a case that could be classified as unknown pre-existing diabetes.”

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