Switzerland. Those who fall ill with a severe form of Coronavirus are at risk of diabetes. This is what was discovered byUniversity Hospital of Basel, in Switzerland, in a study published this week.
By studying the tissues of about fifty patients who died from the virus, it was in fact discovered that the 15% of these people was suffering from newly diagnosed diabetes. This chronic metabolic disease is considered a risk factor for a severe course of SARS-CoV-2 infection. However, it is less well known that, conversely, severe Covid-19 disease can lead to diabetes.
An international research team led by the Stanford University School of Medicine, in which researchers from the University and the University Hospital of Basel were also involved, has shown that the Coronavirus can infect the beta cells of the pancreas, which produce the insulin hormone, which stimulates tissue cells to absorb sugar from the blood, and therefore to reduce its level. However, it is currently impossibleon the basis of this knowledge, to establish “whether sugar metabolism returns to normal in all Covid patients after the infection clears and whether and how often persistent diabetes can develop, ”explains pathologist Matthias Matter of the University and University Hospital of Basel.
“However, it would make sense in patients with the virus to develop protective mechanisms to prevent permanent damage to the pancreas,” he concludes.
“Previous studies – highlights Giovanni D’Agata president of the Rights Desk – had highlighted so far the scarce evidence that SARS-CoV-2 has a direct or indirect action on beta-cell function”.