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Suddenly diabetic because of Corona: This is how Covid-19 can affect the pancreas


A coronavirus infection can not only seriously damage the lungs. The pancreas can also be affected, researchers found.

A coronavirus infection can not only seriously damage the lungs.

The pancreas can also be affected, researchers found.

The longer the corona pandemic lasts, the more we know about the possible consequences of Covid-19.

It has long been clear that the Sars-CoV-2 pathogen can trigger shortness of breath and other symptoms * affecting the lungs.

The research also focuses on the effects on other organs.

In a recent publication, a German research team investigated how Covid-19 can affect the pancreas (medically, the pancreas)


The scientists came to the conclusion that coronaviruses can apparently also infect the beta cells of the pancreas when the disease progresses, as the Ärzteblatt reported.

This could explain the occurrence of diabetes-like symptoms in corona patients and the deterioration in sugar metabolism in diabetics suffering from Covid-19, the Ärzteblatt quotes the scientists involved.


In patients with Covid 19 disease, there are always courses in which the regulation of the blood sugar level is disturbed,

" Martin Wagner, acting head of the endocrinology section at the Clinic for Internal Medicine I at the Ulm University Hospital is quoted as saying.

In the case of severe disease, symptoms such as hyperglycaemia or ketoacidosis, which are characterized by greatly increased blood sugar levels, would occur more frequently.

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According to the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD),

the damage to the pancreas caused by a coronavirus infection can lead to type 1 diabetes


This is shown by the case of a 19-year-old man who was also examined by DZD researchers, according to the DZD website.

"Current studies report on the deterioration of known diabetes diseases, but also on cases of new diabetes after having suffered Covid-19 disease," says study author Alexander Kleger from the Ulm University Hospital and thus confirms the DZD information.

The study carried out at the Ulm University Hospital had also shown that coronaviruses were also detectable in the pancreas tissue of four deceased corona patients.

"Even after virus proteins could no longer be found in the lungs, they could still be detected in the pancreas, and this with the course of the disease of different lengths," said the Ärzteblatt, quoting Ulm pathologist Thomas Barth, who was also involved in the study.

This may indicate that coronaviruses can not only infect organs other than the lungs, but that these infections are also more frequent and persistent than previously thought


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