How can coronavirus cause diabetes?

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Connection of the disease caused by coronavirus with appearance diabetes found two new scientific studies presented at the European Union’s annual Diabetes Study (EASD) conference.

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In particular, as reported by ΑΠΕ-ΜΠΕ, Covid-19 can infect pancreatic cells which produce the hormone insulin and alter their function, which probably explains why some patients develop diabetes for the first time after coronavirus infection.

Doctors are seeing more and more cases of patients with Covid-19 who develop diabetes either while they have the coronavirus infection or after recovering from the infection. New research confirms that the virus can also affect the pancreas, disrupting its ability to produce insulin and thus properly regulate blood sugar levels.

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The first study, led by Professor Swinging Chen of the Weill Cornell School of Medicine in New York, according to the British Guardian, used organoids (laboratory instruments), finding that many of them, such as heart, lungs, liver, pancreas and pancreas , can be infected with the coronavirus. Further research has shown that insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas are vulnerable to coronavirus and, when infected, now produce less insulin. It is not yet clear how long these changes in the pancreas triggered by Covid-19 last, but evidence so far shows that the lesion is not permanent in all patients.

A second Italian study, led by Professor Francesco Dotta of the University of Siena, confirmed that Covid-19 attacks pancreatic cells by targeting the ACE2 protein. According to researchers, patients with pre-existing diabetes or prediabetes have a higher risk of pancreatic dysfunction if they become infected with the coronavirus. As Dota put it, “Diabetic patients are generally not more susceptible to Covid-19 infection, but if they become infected, they usually manifest more serious complications and severe metabolic disorder».

New studies show that Covid-19 may increase a person’s chances of developing diabetes, whether or not they are predisposed to it or even all of a sudden.

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