COVID-19 and Type 1 Diabetes

June 11, 2021

By: Dr. Eric Levene- Chester Pediatrics (White Plains, NY)

We are happy to see so many people getting vaccinated for COVID-19. We know the vaccine is safe, effective, and helping our country return to some sort of normal. We are also happy to see that our teens, 12–15-year-olds, are now getting vaccinated as well.

We have read about the potential problems with COVID-19 illness and the long haulers. But what new information is out there? On June 8th, the NIH released a blog detailing research that confirms the SARS-CoV-2 virus (the virus that causes COVID-19 illness) can target and impair the body’s insulin-producing cells and cause Type 1 Diabetes or what was known as Juvenile diabetes. While we hope this is a rare event, it’s something we need to know about. Certainly, more research and study need to be done, but we know COVID-19 is a tricky virus and causes all sorts of long-term problems.

What can you do? Firstly, when your child is eligible, get them vaccinated. If your child does get COVID-19 or has had it, what are the signs of Type 1 diabetes? Drinking a lot, urinating a lot, and weight loss are all common signs. If your child has these symptoms, please contact your trusted pediatrician. It is important not to put off seeing the doctor for something you would have had checked before the COVID-19 pandemic.

Below is the link to the NIH blog. It is very scientific, but I believe it is important that everyone understands what is being said. We are also including the link to Allieds Vaccine Webinar we covered last week, for those who want more information on the COVID-19 vaccine. 

Please vaccinate yourselves and your eligible children!

Click here for the NIH blog.

Click here for the Allied COVID-19 Vaccine Webinar.

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