Coronavirus Could Start Diabetes: Study | Canberra’s time

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The coronavirus can trigger diabetes in generally healthy adults. Australian seniors with diabetes are also at increased risk for coronavirus, according to a study released on Friday. Monash University co-author and professor Paul Zimmet said PAA diabetic children would not be at risk if they had adequate care. The study of an international panel of medical experts and published in the medical journal The Lancet says that it has not been confirmed that COVID-19 induces diabetes, but there is evidence that it could be. Italian medical experts have reported severe diabetic symptoms in people with no history of illness after being hospitalized for a coronavirus. “The new cases should actually be tested to make sure they don’t have diabetes, as this would worsen the prognosis,” said Professor Zimmet. He said the virus was believed to damage the pancreas, causing diabetes when a patient’s body was unable to produce enough insulin. “They discovered that these people actually needed massive doses of insulin, which suggests that the body is becoming resistant,” he said. Diabetes is the result of your body’s inability to produce enough insulin, which controls blood sugar and fat levels. He said people with diabetes should take extra precautions to protect themselves from infections and that doctors should test diabetes in new patients. “It is older people in particular with type 2 diabetes who are more at risk of dying,” said Professor Zimmet. “These are people … who have other things like heart disease, high blood pressure and other kinds of comorbidities.” The study found that people with diabetes were 50% more likely to die from coronavirus, with older type two diabetics at greater risk. Professor Zimmet said that on April 12 in Australia, 20% of the 752 patients hospitalized for a coronavirus suffered from diabetes. Social distancing measures separated people from their doctors when they needed their blood sugar to be closely monitored, said Professor Zimmet. “People are told to stay at home and they are afraid to go to the doctor in case they get the virus,” he said. Type 1 diabetics were less at risk than adult type 2 diabetics, who accounted for about 85% of diabetes cases in Australia. Australian Associated Press

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