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.