Covid-19 Linked to Diabetes

It has recently been discovered that Covid-19 may be linked to increased rates of diabetes. Sullivan, a survivor of Covid-19 reported that she was feeling extremely thirsty all of the time and became part of a survey of almost 4000 individuals in the same situation. James Lo was the lead researcher and his findings were the following: “About 91 percent of the intubated COVID-19 patients had high blood sugar, as did almost 73 percent of people who died of the disease”

In addition, the Columbia University Medical Center found “endocrinologist Utpal Pajvani noticed that “a lot of those people — but not a majority — were coming in with very high blood sugars. For some of those people, this was brand new for them.’” The author, Tina Saey also states, “Preexisting diabetes is a risk factor for poor outcomes from COVID-19. But, like Sullivan, many of the patients Lo and his colleagues were seeing did not have diabetes before they got ill. People sometimes develop diabetes as they age, but Lo’s patients with high blood sugar were often “youngish, in their 30s and 40s,” he says. And levels of glucose in their blood were incredibly high, sometimes more than twice the level that indicates diabetes.” This new discovery brings our attention back to how dangerous this virus can really be. Before, most knew that the virus attacked the respiratory system, but Saey found “The findings suggest that COVID-19 patients’ high blood sugar levels result from insulin resistance — a condition in which cells ignore insulin’s message to take in glucose — brought on by a dearth of fat hormones rather than by an inability to produce insulin.”

Utpal Pajvani says. “This is an example of very good research done in very difficult settings.” But because the study looked back a group of patients, but didn’t match their characteristics and limit other variables from the beginning, the work can’t definitively show the cause of COVID-related diabetes. “This gives us a great hint of the type of study to do,” Just like all organisms, although Covid-19 isn’t alive, the virus is able to change and develop so there is really no telling what can be discovered next about it.

The coronavirus may cause fat cells to miscommunicate, leading to diabetes

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