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report goodfound that children with SARS-CoV-2 infection 2.5 times More likely to be diagnosed with diabetes.
- But experts had a problem with how the analysis came together.
- Still, some pediatricians say the findings are worth looking forward to.
Many pediatricians and public health experts are criticizing a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that suggests that COVID-19 may increase children’s risk of developing diabetes.
In response to the report, several public health experts have highlighted the study borders: The analysis did not account for childhood obesity, other underlying conditions, medications, race or ethnicity, and lumped all types of diabetes together.
Still, some pediatricians say the inconclusive findings are worth looking forward to.
More children with new-onset diabetes are attending pediatric hospitals after having recently or currently having COVID-19, and some children with diabetes who got the coronavirus are experiencing serious complications that may be hospitalized. Recruitment is required.
In addition, other viral infections have been linked to the development of diabetes. What this means for COVID-19 will need to be studied in the coming months and years, however.
“To me, the report highlights the need for prospective study and high quality, longitudinal research on the effects of COVID-19 on children and the development of diabetes,” said Dr. Janice Wong, a pediatric endocrinologist at the University of California San Francisco.
Wong says that can’t be answered right now, and it’s too early to say whether children who tested positive for COVID-19 are at risk for diabetes.
An associate professor in the department of endocrinology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Dr. Sarah D. The coauthors say the CDC study is an observational report of health claims data, not an explanation of causality.
According to Wong, the report does not account for other health conditions, medications that may increase blood sugar levels, race or ethnicity, obesity, and other social determinants of health that contribute to diabetes. These factors can affect children’s risk of getting coronavirus and diabetes.
“In general, it is still unclear whether viral infections cause diabetes in children, but it is believed that they may ‘trigger’ the process of type 1 diabetes in people who are already susceptible. Can,” Wong said.
Researchers will need to examine all factors – including environmental triggers such as viral infections, genetics and the immune system – that may contribute to the development of diabetes.
In the meantime, the coauthors advise parents to be aware of new symptoms of diabetes in children — increased thirst and urination and unintentional weight loss.
According to coauthors, pediatric hospitals globally have recently seen more children with type 1 diabetes than those with current or recent coronavirus infection.
A recent report from Romania records a 16.9 percent increase in diagnoses of type 1 diabetes from 2019 to 2020.
Wong says that pediatric hospitals are also seeing increased diagnoses of type 2 diabetes in children.
This is related to “changes in behavior, weight gain and other stressors that occur during the pandemic,” Wong said, noting that the report does not differentiate it from COVID-19.
Wong says that many viral diseases, especially those that cause fever, can cause changes in blood sugar levels in individuals with diabetes.
If the infection interferes with insulin needs in children with diabetes, they can develop diabetic ketoacidosis, which will require hospitalization.
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However, the long-term effects of COVID-19 on children with diabetes are unclear.
“We recommend our families with any disease monitor blood sugar levels closely, and some may need an adjustment of their insulin dose in the meantime,” Wong said.
The CDC released a report this week saying that children who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 are 2.5 times more likely to develop diabetes. Public health experts have criticized the report for failing to accommodate for other potential contributing factors, such as obesity, other medical conditions, and race and ethnicity. Although experts say the report’s findings are inconclusive and do not establish causation, many pediatricians say the link between COVID-19 and new-onset diabetes in children is worth looking into.