COVID-19 linked to diabetes as a lifelong side-effect

COVID-19 linked to diabetes as a lifelong side-effect

More research on COVID-19 suggests that the virus could be a trigger for diabetes.

Doctors in outbreak epicentres in Wuhan and Italy suggested a link between new cases of diabetes and COVID-19 at the start of the outbreak.

More research was done in November, with a study showing that 14.4 per cent of people who became severely ill with coronavirus went on to develop diabetes.

More than 150 documented cases of possible coronavirus-induced diabetes have been reported worldwide, with the cases documented from more than 300 institutions, according to The Times.

The researchers behind the COVID-IAB Registry said that those virus-infected patients diagnosed with diabetes have suffered poor outcomes.

In some cases, the researchers claim that the virus has affected diabetes or caused its onset.

In other cases, diabetes appears months after the initial infection of COVID-19.

Professor Francesco Rubino, chairman of metabolic and bariatric surgery at King’s College London, told The Times researchers will use it to decipher what is “true COVID-induced diabetes, not a case that could be classified as unknown pre-existing diabetes”.