Research shows COVID-19 might trigger diabetes

A research study from Monash University in Australia has shown that COVID-19 might trigger diabetes in sufferers.

While diabetes is already known to make people more vulnerable to COVID-19, the International Journal Nature has reported that the disease may also cause people who suffer severe symptoms to develop diabetes.

At the moment the evidence is based on a growing number of people who have arrived at hospitals with very high blood sugar levels.

The latest clue comes from an experimental study in miniature lab-grown pancreases published last week which suggests that the virus might trigger diabetes by damaging the cells that control blood sugar.

To establish a link, researchers need more robust evidence, says Abd Tahrani, a clinician–scientist at the University of Birmingham, UK. “Well-constructed epidemiological cohort studies and mechanistic and experimental studies are needed,” he says.

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