The Surprising Link Between SARS-CoV-2 Infection & New-Onset Diabetes
Photo: Osaka University
It has become abundantly clear that coronavirus disease 19 (COVID-19), despite being transmitted by breathing in the SARS-CoV-2 virus, can have harmful effects far beyond the lungs. Now, researchers from Japan have identified a pivotal gene that mediates the effects of SARS-CoV-2 infection on blood sugar metabolism.
In a study published in June in Metabolism, researchers from Osaka University reveal that COVID-19 can cause metabolism problems, and sometimes even diabetes, by interfering with insulin signaling.
COVID-19 is best known for causing respiratory disease, but can also damage other organ systems; notably, disruption of blood sugar ...