Researchers and scientists have found that a COVID-19 infection is causing what could be a permanent side-effect in patients.
COVID-19 infections have been puzzling scientists since the first case was detected, and now researchers are confused once again about a possible side-effect from an infection.
According to a report from Business Insider, research that was posted in Diabetes, Obesity, and Metabolism back in November 2020 discusses the evidence that supports the claim that some COVID-19 patients who’ve recovered from the infection are developing type 1 and type 2 diabetes. An analysis of 3,7111 COVID-19 patients found that more than one in ten (14.4%) developed diabetes after recovering from the infection.
The study’s authors note that patients developing diabetes could be a result of inflammation and insulin problems associated with COVID-19. The study also notes that some people may not have been aware they had diabetes until they were hospitalized for COVID-19. However, evidence suggests that COVID-19 has the capability to cause diabetes in a patient.
Dr. Jose Aleman, assistant professor of endocrinology at NYU Langone Health, said, “Stressful conditions lead to elevated levels of regulatory hormones that raise blood sugar to aid the body in fighting whatever insult it’s facing, such as illness or injury. For people with underlying conditions, that can be enough to kick them over the edge.”