Coronavirus and diabetes: an unexpected relationship

Coronavirus triggers the development of diabetes and its complications – to such conclusion the international group of scientists. In its composition were leading experts in the field of diabetes from king’s College London, Melbourne University and other scientific institutions. On the one hand, the presence of diabetes constituted a high risk of complications in patients COVID-19, up-to-deaths — statistics-thirds of deaths due to the coronavirus had diabetes. On the other hand, in infected coronavirus infection has revealed new cases of diabetes with abnormal endocrine changes.

“the Relationship is indirect, apparently. Patients with diabetes, the chronically decompensated diabetes, in General, are prone to heavier leakage of any processes, including infectious diseases. Because decompensated diabetes weakens the immune reaction in the body. Consequently, infectious diseases are harder,” — said Valentin Fadeev, Director of the clinic of endocrinology sechenovskiy University, doctor of medical Sciences, corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

the Authors have not yet established how the virus SARS-CoV-2 complicates the diabetes. However, previous experience has shown that the virus enters not only in lung tissue but also in other organs and systems of the human body and allows the glucose metabolism: pancreas, small intestine, lipid tissue, liver and kidneys. Thus, the coronavirus damages the mechanism of sugar metabolism, causing a kind of endocrine chaos. But now it is impossible to assert with confidence that COVID-19 is a provocateur of developing diabetes.

the fact that type II diabetes is often not diagnosed, or diagnosed late. He can flow it is not revealed, and the man comes to the clinic with any infectious disease, any, whether it’s COVID or flu. And in the hospital, he is diagnosed with diabetes.

“the Coronavirus may be largely to blame, but the CAHarney diabetes it does not cause pure. Decompensated diabetes any infectious disease. Any illness places high demands on the body. And if the body is sick, he is starting to not cope,” — said Valentin Fadeev.

still, scientists do not fully answer the question about the impact of coronavirus on carbohydrate metabolism. In clinical medicine the holding of these relations is a very complex process that requires deep analysis. But endocrinologists intend to continue the study. Perhaps studying coronavirus infection, they will be able to discover new mechanisms of diabetes.