The coronavirus infection is leading to the onset of diabetes mellitus (DM), according to a research paper published in the Journal of Postgraduate Medicine, the official publication of the Seth Gordhandas Sunderdas Medical College and King Edward Memorial Hospital, Mumbai.
The onset of hyperglycaemia, or excessive blood glucose, was noticed in some covid-19 patients, without any family history of diabetes and near-normal HbA1c levels, or the levels of haemoglobin linked to blood sugar, said the study by V.K. Shivane, A.R. Lila and T.R. Bandgar from the department of endocrinology, KEM Hospital.
Diabetes occurs when the body does not produce hormone insulin or does not use it efficiently. Insulin regulates the amount of glucose in the blood. There is a need to establish a registry of “covid-19 related DM” from various covid centres and hospitals of India, said the authors.
Whether the patients will become permanently diabetic or achieve remission also needs to be explored.