The researchers believe that the virus could bind to an enzyme known as angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) receptors.
This specific enzyme can be found in the lungs, arteries, heart, kidneys, and intestines. Once it binds to this enzyme, this could affect the way the body metabolizes glucose.
And in the case of diabetics, this can mean that they can suffer not just the severe symptoms of COVID-19, but also severe symptoms of diabetes.
Diabetes and COVID-19 complications: COVID-19 may trigger diabetes
Along with these findings, the researchers found that there is some evidence that shows COVID-19 can trigger diabetes in otherwise healthy patients.
The relationship between viruses and diabetes is nothing new. There is some evidence that rubella could trigger diabetes in some patients.
But in the case of COVID-19, this is a new discovery. Researchers believe that it is also connected to how the coronavirus affects metabolism through the ACE2 receptors.
However, it is still unclear whether or not the diabetes goes away once a patient gets better, or if it remains.
It is also not known if the diabetes triggered in healthy patients is type 1, type 2, or even a new form of diabetes.
But despite the lack of information, it is important for healthcare professionals to be wary of these possible complications when caring for COVID-19 patients.
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