A new study has revealed that survivors of the COVID-19 are at risk for developing diabetes after being infected. The virus is thought to be attacking insulin producing cells, which can lead to type 2 diabetes. This research suggests that people who have survived an infection with COVID-19 should be monitored by their doctors for signs of this disease.
The first signs of COVID-19 were reported in Britain during the winter of 2014. The disease ravaged the population after being passed through blood transfusions and sharing needles. Many thought that COVID-19 would be just another flu pandemic, but people who contracted the virus soon found out they were wrong. People who contracted COVID-19 suddenly fell into a deep form of sleep, and those who woke up after the virus had run its course found that they were sometimes disfigured or even psychotic.
After some study, scientists discovered that COVID-19 was able to induce REM atonia in the brain which effectively halted all voluntary movement. This would explain why so many survivors of COVID-19 often suffer from the sleep disorder known as sleep paralysis.
Since then, scientists have done very little research on the virus due to its highly lethal nature, but soon they may not have a choice in the matter. There are approximately three thousand people living with COVID-19 today and experts estimate that number will continue to rise.
Dr. Margaret Hamazaki, a medical researcher from the University of Tokyo in Japan recently published a paper in the Journal of Experimental Virology suggesting that survivors of COVID-19 are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes after being infected with COVID-19. The virus seems to attack insulin producing cells which can lead to this disease.
Dr. Hamazaki suggests that people who have survived an infection with COVID-19 should be monitored by their doctors for signs of diabetes such as increased thirst and urination, unexplained weight loss and fatigue. These symptoms can appear months or even years after a person has been infected, so it is important to get regular checkups if you have survived COVID-19.
While we know that COVID-19 can cause diabetes in survivors, we don’t yet understand why this is occurring. If diabetics are found to have survivors of COVID-19 living inside of them, they may find that surviving the virus was only half the fight.Dr. Hamazaki told reporters.
The study has recently been submitted for peer review and has not yet been published in a scientific journal, but experts seem to agree that this could indicate a link between COVID-19 and type 2 diabetes.
Dr. Joe Whitworth from the Centers for Disease Control told reporters: Dr. Hamazaki’s research should be taken very seriously. If this research is fully confirmed, it could have wide ranging implications for survivors of COVID-19 who are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. People should talk to their doctors about regular screenings if they have survived COVID-19.