Kids who test positive for COVID-19 may have an increased risk for diabetes, according to new CDC data. A new study from the CDC found kids who had COVID -19 were up to 2.5 times more likely to be diagnosed with diabetes than their peers who didn't have COVID-19.
The CDC is unsure if the diagnosis is transient or chronic or what's fueling the increase in diagnosis, but the agency says the increased risk highlights the importance of protecting children from contracting COVID-19.
Looking at two different data sources, the risk of being newly diagnosed with diabetes -- including type 1, type 2, and other types of diabetes -- was significantly higher for those with COVID-19 compared with those who never tested positive for the coronavirus.
The CDC also believes it's possible a COVID-19 infection increases a child's risk of being diagnosed with diabetes because the virus can attack pancreatic cells. A fourth hypothesis is that steroid treatments in hospitalized children could lead to transient hyperglycemia. However, the majority of cases studied were coded for type 1 or type 2 diabetes diagnosis.
Kids who have contracted COVID-19 are more likely to be diagnosed with diabetes, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) isn't entirely sure why.
Reported by Sharon Saydah, PhD, of the CDC COVID-19 Emergency Response Team, and colleagues in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
The only way to control the progression of diabetes in a child is to Monitor the blood sugar and maintain the record that will help to understand the average glycemic index and then we can understand the pattern and through our preventive guidelines, we can able to control the blood sugar and remain healthy and avoid the risk.
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