People with underlying health conditions such as diabetes are six times more likely to be hospitalised with Covid-19, and have a risk of death 12 times higher.
But several cases have suggested that the coronavirus may trigger diabetes in previously healthy individuals, leading experts have suggested.
Experts have created a registry of new cases of diabetes in Covid-19 patients (the CoviDiab Registry Project), and described the link between diabetes and Covid-19 as ‘bi-directional’ in a letter to The New England Journal of Medicine. Julian Hamilton-Shield, Professor in Diabetes and Metabolic Endocrinology, University of Bristol wrote in an essay in The Conversation, “There has been a case report from China of a young man of previous good health presenting with new-onset, severe diabetes, termed keto-acidosis, after contracting COVID-19.
The previous SARS coronavirus outbreak in 2004 also caused acute onset diabetes in some patients who suffered pneumonia after infection Francesco Rubino of King’s College London wrote, “Diabetes is one of the most prevalent chronic diseases and we are now realising the consequences of the inevitable clash between two pandemics.