Wednesday, February 03, 2021
Explanation for Diabetes Symptoms?
Corona can affect the pancreas
Doctors have long been puzzling why some Covid 19 patients show symptoms similar to diabetes. In a study, researchers can now prove that the virus can also infect the pancreas and thus seriously disrupt the body’s sugar balance.
Researchers at the Ulm University Hospital have shown in a study that the pancreas can also be attacked with Covid 19 disease. The authors of the study found that in “serious disease courses” the insulin-producing beta cells of the pancreas are infected, as a spokeswoman for the University of Ulm announced. The investigation was published in the trade journal “Nature Metabolism” released.
According to the authors, the findings of the study could possibly also be an explanation for the occurrence of diabetes-like symptoms in Covid-19 patients and for the worsening of the sugar metabolism in diabetics with Covid-19. Also in the specialist journal “Nature Metabolism”, researchers from Kiel University had previously reported on the individual case of a 19-year-old who had diabetes after a corona infection. In patients with Covid 19 disease, there are always courses in which the regulation of the blood sugar level is disrupted, said study author Martin Wagner, senior physician at the Ulm University Hospital.
In order to investigate how this happens, the researchers in Ulm brought tissue from the pancreas into contact with Sars-Cov-2 viruses and found out that they can be infected with the coronavirus. In addition, deceased Covid patients were examined. This showed that even when virus proteins were no longer to be found in the lungs, they could still be detected in the pancreas. This was the case with different lengths of the disease, it said. This indicates that infections with the coronavirus are more frequent and persistent than previously assumed.