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Is There an Increased Risk of Developing Diabetes after COVID-19?

Evidence shows that individuals under 18 were more likely to be diagnosed with new-onset diabetes after a COVID-19 infection (MMWR, January 2022).

This did not differentiate between type 1 and type 2 diabetes, however.

In September 2022, The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) published a study that demonstrated an increased risk for pediatric patients to develop T1D with a history of COVID-19 versus their counterparts with other diagnosed respiratory illnesses.

This concerns me as a healthcare provider and an individual with an autoimmune disease.

If your child has recently been diagnosed with SARS-CoV-2, know the symptoms of T1D and have him/her evaluated immediately:

▪️Increased thirst

▪️Increased hunger

▪️Increased urination

▪️Weight loss


▪️Vision changes



JAMA Netw Open. 2022;5(9):e2233014. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2022.33014

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