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The Post-COVID Surge: A Rise in New Onset Diabetes Cases



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The COVID-19 pandemic has left an indelible mark on our lives in more ways than one. Beyond the immediate health concerns, there has been a growing concern regarding the long-term effects of the virus on various aspects of our health. One such concern is the increasing number of new onset diabetes cases. There appears to be a possible connection with both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. Moreover, there are emerging reports suggesting that COVID-19 may also be linked to the development of Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults (LADA).

The Surge in New Onset Diabetes Cases

While diabetes has long been a global health issue, the post-COVID era has seen a notable uptick in new cases of diabetes. One study suggests that there may be 1.3 million more cases of diabetes in the United States due to COVID. (Reference: Cleveland Clinic)

Reports of LADA Diabetes after Covid Infection or Covid Vaccine

Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults (LADA) is a lesser-known form of diabetes that is caused by an autoimmune condition. It has a gradual onset and often presents like Type 2 Diabetes, but is actually more similar to Type 1. There have been reports of individuals developing LADA after Covid infection. Also, researchers from the New York Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, USA published a reported connection with the Covid Vaccine in the paper titled “COVID-19 Vaccine-Induced Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults.”

The Role of Infections in Triggering Autoimmune Diabetes

Autoimmune diabetes, whether Type 1 or LADA, arises when the immune system mistakenly targets and destroys insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas. Infections like COVID-19 can potentially trigger this process. When the body fights off a viral infection, it can sometimes misidentify its cells, including pancreatic cells, as invaders, leading to an autoimmune attack.

Research on Diabetes & COVID Connection

About the Author

Lin May has a decade of experience living with LADA diabetes and is the author of Success with LADA Diabetes: Achieving Optimal Health with Diet, Exercise, and Insulin. She is dedicated to helping others learn about diabetes.

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