Are People Infected With The Virus Prone To Diabetes?
Who would have thought that one day we’ll have to watch the sky from inside our buildings, or wash our hands repeatedly almost as if we had an OCD, or maintain a forceful distance from friends and family.
Until the end of 2019, no one really cared about any of those things. But when the pandemic wreaked havoc and took millions of lives, people started listening to experts and following their advice. They understood that this virus was unlike anything humanity had faced before.
Speaking of unknowns, did you know that the pandemic-causing virus can also lead to diabetes? Nope, we ain’t kidding! According to two studies backed by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the virus can cause severe damage to insulin-producing cells and can lead to diabetes. As if the constant fear of infection and eventual death wasn’t enough!
Before jumping to conclusions, though, it would be best to keep in mind that there’s still research going on to confirm this.
A quick look at the studies
The two NIH-supported studies whose pre-proof are available in the journal Cell Metabolism looked for a deeper link between the virus and diabetes. Unlike most research that depended on lab tests data, these two studies examined the bodies of patients who died due to the virus.
During the autopsy, they found that most patients’ pancreatic beta cells were infected. They even hinted towards infection in insulin-producing cells.
The studies further revealed that the virus could change clusters of cells known as islets in the pancreas. It could lower the production and release of insulin and, in rare cases, kill the beta cells. It could also reprogramme the beta cells into producing less insulin than required by the body.
What do experts have to say?
During an interview with Health, Amesh A. Adalja, an infectious disease expert, and MD, senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, emphasized that the studies were conducted via autopsy. He said that since the researchers were only focused on finding out the impact of the virus on a particular cell, it can’t be compared with the regular way of diagnosing a type of diabetes.
He indicated that the studies didn’t provide information about which type of diabetes could be found in recovered patients and how the severity of the virus could infect more or fewer beta cells. It also didn’t address questions like how the virus was reaching the pancreas or whether the immune system was playing a role in damaging beta cells?
Adalja stated that more research on this topic is the only way to get answers to those questions. He suggested that next time studies should be conducted on surviving patients to get a broader view of the situation. While concluding, he also took the initiative to praise the researchers of the current studies. Adalja said that the study could help many doctors and patients. He also requested people to take the virus seriously and get vaccinated.
Experts Break Down the Best and Worst Diets for 2021
World Report and US News recently released their list for Best Diets in 2021, which is carefully curated annually by a...April 29, 2021
Why Your Body Needs Magnesium & What Happens When You Neglect It
A wise man once said – the human body is the most complex machine. Well, he couldn’t be more right! To...April 28, 2021
Survey Uncovers Shocking Harassment of Doctors on Social Media
During the Coronavirus pandemic, the world witnessed numerous cases of medical professionals being shunned by people. Many doctors, nurses, and other...April 23, 2021
Nutritionists Break Down What You Need to Know About Almond Milk
The year of lockdown gave birth to many new trends worldwide, one of them being fitness. Many people began to actively...April 22, 2021
Vaccination Can’t Save Some People From the Virus, Says the CDC
Recently, even after receiving their vaccination, a small group of people developed the virus, as outlined by the Center for Disease...April 21, 2021
Experts Claim You Might Have an Eating Disorder Without Even Knowing It!
Diets are amongst the most trending topics on the internet today. Everywhere you look, there’s a self-proclaimed expert handing out unsolicited...April 20, 2021
Keeping Children Safe From Hand Sanitizers – A Few Tips
Since the spread of the Coronavirus, two things have become supremely essential: a face mask and a hand sanitizer. With precautions...April 20, 2021
Is Your Joint Pain Making Everyday Chores Challenging? Understand Its Root Cause First
Each one of us has at least once in life faced joint pain and body ache. But how many understand why...April 16, 2021
Dr. Elnathan’s Tips on How Second-Language English Speaking Scientists Can Boost Their Careers
English is the global language – and also the language of science. What’s strange is that half of the world’s scientists...April 14, 2021