- The study said cases of type 1 diabetes in children doubled during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, 30 children had new-onset type 1 diabetes during the pandemic, which is double the cases seen in previous years, Reuters reports.
- The research was only based on a small number of cases, and only five of the children had the coronavirus before getting diabetes, Yahoo! reports. But it is the first to linked COVID-19 with new cases to diabetes.
Our analysis shows that during the peak of the pandemic the number of new cases of type 1 diabetes in children was unusually high in two of the hospitals (we studied) compared to previous years. — Karen Logan, who co-led the study, to Reuters.
Other experts said the study “raises concern” and the evidence is “weak,” according to Yahoo!
But the study’s researchers admitted there needs to be more investigations into the matter before making a definitive claim, per Anadolu Agency.
- “The team recommends a larger analysis to establish whether there is a definitive link between COVID-19 and new-onset type 1 diabetes, and if so whether COVID-19 has any impact on the severity of the disease.”