Suddenly diabetes due to Corona: Covid-19 can damage the pancreas


A corona infection can result in diabetes, according to German researchers.

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A coronavirus infection can not only seriously damage the lungs.  The  pancreas can also be affected, researchers found.


 The  longer the corona pandemic lasts, the more we know about the possible consequences of Covid-19. It has long been clear that the Sars-CoV-2 pathogen can trigger shortness of breath and other symptoms * affecting the lungs. ©

 The  research also focuses on the effects on other organs. In a recent publication, a German research team investigated how Covid-19 can affect the pancreas (medically, the pancreas). ©

 The  scientists came to the conclusion that coronaviruses can apparently also infect the beta cells of the pancreas when the disease progresses, as the Ärzteblatt reported.

This could explain the occurrence of diabetes-like symptoms in corona patients and the deterioration in sugar metabolism in diabetics suffering from Covid-19, the Ärzteblatt quotes the scientists involved. “In patients with Covid-19 disease, there are always courses in which the regulation of the blood sugar level is disturbed“, Martin Wagner, acting section head of the endocrinology at the Clinic for Internal Medicine I at the University Clinic Ulm is quoted. If the disease progresses more severely, symptoms such as hyperglycaemia or ketoacidosis, which are characterized by greatly increased blood sugar levels, would occur more frequently.

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According to the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD) ©

 The  damage to the pancreas caused by a coronavirus infection can lead to type 1 diabetes. This is shown by the case of a 19-year-old man who DZD researchers also examined, according to the DZD website. “Current studies report on the deterioration of known diabetes diseases, but also on cases of new diabetes after having suffered Covid-19 disease,” says study author Alexander Kleger from the Ulm University Hospital, confirming the DZD information.


 The  study carried out at the University Hospital Ulm had also shown that coronaviruses were also detectable in the pancreas tissue of four deceased corona patients. “Even after virus proteins could no longer be found in the lungs, they could still be detected in the pancreas, and this with the course of the disease of different lengths,” said the Ärzteblatt, quoting the Ulm pathologist Thomas Barth, who was also involved in the study. This may indicate that coronaviruses can not only infect organs other than the lungs, but that these infections are also more frequent and persistent than previously thought. (jg) * is part of the Germany-wide Ippen-Digital editorial network.

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