U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Minors who recovered from COVID more likely to develop diabetes, CDC says

U.S. health agency suggests monitoring recovered children under 18 for several months to detect early signs of diabetes; study highlights importance of vaccination among all age groups

Dr. Itay Gal |
Published: 01.09.22, 21:10
Children under the age of 18 who had COVID-19 are at an increased risk of developing type 1 or type 2 diabetes, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Sunday.
  • Follow Ynetnews on Facebook and Twitter

  • According to two data sources that were examined during the pandemic, children aged 18 years or under with COVID-19 were more likely to receive a diabetes diagnosis within 30 days after the infection unlike those without COVID-19 and those with acute pre-pandemic respiratory infections.
    2 צפייה בגלריה
    המרכזים לבקרת מחלות ומניעתן ארצות הברית
    המרכזים לבקרת מחלות ומניעתן ארצות הברית
    U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    (Photo: MCT)
    One source recorded a 166% hike in the prevalence of diabetes among minor COVID-19 patients compared to their peers who have not contracted the infection. The second source indicates a 31% increase.
    The CDC stated that the association between diabetes and COVID-19 might be attributed to the effects of SARS-CoV-2 infection on organs harmed by diabetes. Coronavirus might cause diabetes by harming pancreatic cells.
    However, the full effect of COVID-19 on new diabetes diagnoses is still unclear. Researchers recommend monitoring children under the age of 18 who recovered from COVID in the following months for the onset of diabetes.
    2 צפייה בגלריה
    ילדים סוכרת
    ילדים סוכרת
    (Photo: Shutterstock)
    Previous researches among adults indicated that SARS-CoV-2 infections could exacerbate diabetic symptoms while diabetics were at an increased risk of severe COVID-19 illness. The findings also demonstrated that diabetes in adults might be a long-term consequence of SARS-CoV-2 infection.
    According to the CDC, these findings highlight the importance of COVID-19 prevention strategies in this age group, and among all age groups, including vaccination for all eligible children and adolescents, and chronic disease prevention and treatment.
    Talkbacks for this article 0