The risk of diabetes grows in children who get sick from Covid

There is another very good reason to vaccinate children and young people against the COVID-19, in addition to protecting them from infection: younger patients i

The risk of diabetes grows in children who get sick from Covid

There is another very good reason to vaccinate children and young people against the COVID-19, in addition to protecting them from infection: younger patients in Coronavirus are at higher risk of developing diabetes in the following months. This is demonstrated by the data analyzed by the centers for the control and prevention of diseases of the US, newly published, which thus reaffirm the importance of active prevention with the vaccine under 18 years of age.

The Covid-19 pandemic has made a high price for people with diabetes, who have often seen the symptoms of metabolic disease worsen or have had more serious consequences because of the virus. In addition, diabetes seems to be among the possible long-term complications of the COVID-19. Not only that: several studies have indicated an increase in the diagnosis of type 1 diabetes during the pandemic between children and young people, and also an increase in cases that reach diagnosis with severe symptoms of ketoacidosis.

Therefore, CDC experts decided to evaluate the risk of developing young people, analyzing two-based data (IQVIA and HealthVerity) a little different in the type of patients included but registering new requests for access to health services in United States.

In both databases, in the period of March 1, 2020 to February 26, 2021, the incidence of new diabetes diagnoses type 1 and type 2 was higher in children and young people who contracted the virus (up to 166% in The IQVIA database), from a month after the infection.

The risk remains greater even when compared with the very young who have had VOCID-19 and their peers who in the years prior to the pandemic had suffered different acute respiratory infections: the coronavirus, therefore, through mechanisms that is not yet They are known, it seems to lead to a higher probability of developing diabetes.

Despite the study limitations (data were not evaluated as the presence of obesity or prediabetes), the results are very clear and the authors emphasize that all this confirms the importance of preventing the VOCID-19 through vaccination as well in children and young people.

In addition, they write, "It must be taken into account that diabetes can be a consequence of the infection: Children under 18 who have been infected must be monitored in the following months to diagnose any diabetes in a timely manner."

Updated Date: 11 January 2022, 11:05

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