Children who had COVID-19 had a higher risk of developing diabetes after infection than children who had no other non-COVID-19, the CDC said in a major new study released Friday. There was no respiratory infection.
Diabetes was already known to increase a person’s risk of catching COVID, and COVID infection was known to make diabetes symptoms worse. But the new study demonstrates a clear link between catching the virus in non-diabetic children and later developing chronic disease as a result.
The authors wrote, “With Covid-19 <18 वर्ष की आयु के व्यक्तियों को एक नया मधुमेह निदान प्राप्त होने की संभावना थी> Those 30 days after infection were without COVID-19 and those with preendemic acute respiratory infection.”
Symptoms of COVID in Children
Using a health care insurance claims database called IQVIA, and looking at one year of diagnoses, they found that children who had COVID were 166% more likely to be diagnosed with diabetes than those who did not.
(The risk was much lower, 31%, in data from a second database called HealthVerity, but the authors said the databases were somewhat different, which were included and not, accounting for the disparity.)
He acknowledged that a “percent” of new diabetes cases are likely to occur in children who were already diagnosed with diabetes when they were infected with COVID, but added that this would not explain all cases. . He also said it was still not entirely clear how much diabetes was caused by the virus versus the virus treatment, and whether these cases were permanent.
But either way, he warned doctors to be cautious.
“Health care providers should check for signs of diabetes in persons <18 years of age with a history of SARS-CoV-2 infection. These symptoms include frequent urination, increased thirst, increased appetite, weight gain." Deficiency may include fatigue or fatigue, abdominal pain and nausea or vomiting," the authors concluded.