A team of researchers from King’s College London and Monash University has created a database of information linking COVID-19 and type II diabetes. The team created the database for two reasons: The first is that research to date has shown that people with type II diabetes are more likely to experience severe symptoms of the disease and die from it than the population in general. The second is due to mounting evidence suggesting that COVID-19 could actually cause people to become diabetic.
The new database is called the COVIDIAB registry and has been specifically designed to help medical researchers better understand the link between COVID-19 and diabetes. Data were collected from patients regarding their circumstances, including whether they were new. The developers suggest that the amount of data will grow as more is learned about the impact of COVID-19 on patients with diabetes. Some media have reported that the database already catalogs the information provided by 350 doctors.
It is not yet clear why people with diabetes suffer more when infected with COVID-19 or why some suffer more than others. It is also unclear if COVID-19 can cause diabetes. Since the start of the pandemic, doctors have reported that patients developed diabetes shortly after contracting COVID-19. The researchers hope that the establishment of the database will help discover whether complications from COVID-19 can lead to the onset of diabetes. Doctors need to know if these patients were going to develop diabetes anyway, if they were prediabetic and COVID-19 triggered it, or if it is possible that people who are not predisposed to become diabetic will develop the disease soon after developing COVID- 19.
In particular, some medical researchers have informed the press that there are two possible ways that COVID-19 could cause a person to develop type II diabetes. The first is from an attack on the pancreas, which reduces its ability to produce and regulate insulin levels. The second could occur when COVID-19 induces an inflammatory reaction in the body that affects blood sugar regulation due to the release of stress hormones. They have also noted that some patients may have developed diabetes after receiving steroids to treat their COVID-19.
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