A team of scientists from the University of Melbourne, King’s College London and several other research institutions conducted a new study on coronavirus and found that infection increases the risk of developing diabetes in patients. They wrote about another threat to the body in the New England Journal of Medicine.
As experts have established, the presence of diabetes exacerbates the course of coronavirus in patients. In addition, there is a risk of developing diabetes in people who were not ill before infection. According to them, the protein ACE-2, which ensures the penetration of coronavirus into cells, also affects the organs responsible for glucose metabolism.
However, it has not yet been established whether glucose metabolism changes after the patient recovers from coronavirus. It is also not known whether diabetes is a new type after infection with coronavirus, or belongs to previously known types.
Earlier, scientists from Northwestern University of the United States reported that coronavirus infection poses a global threat to the entire nervous system. Dr. Igor Koralnik, head of the university’s department for neuroinfectious diseases and general neurology and professor of neurology, who is also the author of an article published in the journal Annals of Neurology, together with his colleagues conducted a retrospective analysis of patients diagnosed with coronavirus. This study was conducted to determine the frequency and type of neurological complications, as well as the response to treatment. “About half of hospitalized patients have neurological manifestations of COVID-19,” he noted.
Worldwide, there are 7.55 million cases of coronavirus infection. 423 thousand people died.