Does Covid-19 Trigger Diabetes in Children? Here's What the Research Shows So Far

Does Covid-19 Trigger Diabetes in Children? Here's What the Research Shows So Far

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1/28/2022 10:26:00 PM

Does Covid-19 Trigger Diabetes in Children? Here's What the Research Shows So Far

Recent studies strengthen the link between the virus and new-onset type 1 diabetes , but experts caution that no smoking gun has been found.

have found small increases of type 1, for instance, but not necessarily among children who caught covid-19, suggesting that the indirect effects of the pandemic are to blame, not the virus itself. A delay in seeking care, for example, would raise the risk that a person’s initial symptoms go unnoticed until they develop serious complications like diabetic ketoacidosis. Another study from Germany also

foundno evidence that the first wave of the pandemic in 2020 was linked to an increase of type 1 cases not linked to autoimmunity among kids and young adults. It’s also important to note that cases of type 1 in the U.S. and elsewhere had beeng even before the pandemic.

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Fear monger much? Is it possible that the numbers are skewed because most the kids admitted for care bc of COVID are overweight/obese and the diabetes is bc they are at home eating junk instead of in school eating better food in 2020. I think you can blame the lockdowns for this. Bye. Click. saved u a click : yes

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Finland have found small increases of type 1, for instance, but not necessarily among children who caught covid-19, suggesting that the indirect effects of the pandemic are to blame, not the virus itself. A delay in seeking care, for example, would raise the risk that a person’s initial symptoms go unnoticed until they develop serious complications like diabetic ketoacidosis. Another study from Germany also found no evidence that the first wave of the pandemic in 2020 was linked to an increase of type 1 cases not linked to autoimmunity among kids and young adults. It’s also important to note that cases of type 1 in the U.S. and elsewhere had been g even before the pandemic. Advertisement “What’s lacking from all of these reports is consistency, so there’s no consistent agreement worldwide,” Drucker told Gizmodo by phone. “Whether there actually is a true phenomenon related to the virus itself directly affecting either auto-immunity or beta cell destruction, I don’t think I’ve seen evidence that would allow me to make conclusions.” Even the authors of the new study in JAMA Pediatrics are careful to note its limitations. For one, they were only able to look at whether children had an active case of covid-19 at the time of their admission, not whether they ever had been infected. In the study, about 2.1% of children tested positive for the virus. And though they were inspired to study this data after anecdotally noticing an increase in cases at their hospital, they’re still not sure why it’s happening. Advertisement “We do not know what factors from the pandemic, either directly or indirectly, account for this increase,” study author Jane Kim, clinical professor of pediatrics at UC San Diego, told Gizmodo in an email. “There is not yet enough evidence from us or other groups to conclude that covid is causative for diabetes in children.” Drucker isn’t ruling out the possibility that covid really could be raising the risk of type 1 diabetes in children, or that this risk may have gotten worse between waves of the pandemic or with the emergence of variants like Omicron. But without stronger evidence, it remains possible that there’s no link to the virus itself. Advertisement “If one were to look for the smoking gun, epidemiologically, that would be children with recent onset SARS-COV-2 infection—anywhere in the last six months to 12 months — and their respective incidence of type 1 diabetes, and comparing them to a control population who hadn’t been infected, and their respective incidence of diabetes,” Drucker said. “So far, we haven’t seen that type of ‘AHA!’ report.”