Children who contract COVID-19 are more likely to be diagnosed with type 1 or 2 diabetes later than children without COVID, a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found Friday, as children. Another potential complication from the coronavirus in Covid-19 is the increase in hospitalizations in the United States.
Study Millions of healthcare records were created between March 2020 and June 2021 from medical data analytics companies IQVIA and HealthVerity (IQVIA’s sample included about 1.7 million children and HealthVerity studied nearly 900,000 children).
According to IQVIA data, Covid-infected children were 2.66 times – or 166% – more likely to be diagnosed with diabetes 30 days after infection than those who had not caught the coronavirus, and compared to children who did not. were 2.16 times more likely to be diagnosed. who had dealt with a non-Covid respiratory infection before the pandemic.
Data from HealthVerity said that children who caught Covid-19 were 1.31 times – or 31% – more likely to be diagnosed with diabetes.
The study said the link between COVID-19 and diabetes is “potentially complex”, but the two diseases may be linked as the coronavirus attacks cells in the pancreas, which produce insulin in the body.
The study also noted that COVID-19 disproportionately affected racial and ethnic minority groups, and that children in those groups were also at increased risk of type 2 diabetes (race and ethnicity data were unavailable in the dataset). .
The CDC said the findings highlight the importance of COVID-19 vaccination among eligible people—those who are currently 5 years of age and older.