Doctors suggest Covid-19 could cause diabetes

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Scientists have hypothesised that since Sars-CoV-2 interacts with a receptor called ACE-2 to infiltrate cells in a range of organs, including the pancreas, it could be disrupting the sugar metabolism. Photo: Pexels


(Natalie Grover/ The Guardian) — A cohort of scientists from across the world believe that there is a growing body of evidence that Covid-19 can cause diabetes in some patients.

Prof Francesco Rubino, from King’s College London, is leading the call for a full investigation into a possible link between the two diseases. Having seen a rise in both type 1 and type 2 diabetes in people who have caught coronavirus, some doctors are even considering the possibility that the virus ‒ by disrupting sugar metabolism ‒ could be inducing an entirely new form of diabetes.

Rubino first realised the possibility of a link during a tea party with colleagues over Zoom where anecdotal cases were being exchanged.

Rubino and others set up a registry to start pooling and analysing these reports. The principal investigators of the registry which has received reports from more than 350 individual clinicians who suspect they have encountered one or more cases of Covid-induced diabetes — have said the numbers were hard to ignore. (…)

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