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Children up to 2.5 times more likely to develop diabetes after Covid infection

Considering this study’s findings, the current surge could bring major consequences for kids. Photo: Pexels

(Jake Smith. Prevention) — Children who contract COVID-19 are significantly more likely to develop type 1 or type 2 diabetes more than 30 days following their illness than their peers who weren’t infected, according to a major new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The research reviewed data collected from over 2.5 million pediatric patients between the ages of 0 and 17 from March 2020 to June 2021. Researchers found that those who were infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, were 2.66 times more likely to be diagnosed with diabetes than kids who never contracted the novel coronavirus. They were also 2.16 times more likely to develop the disease than children who caught other acute respiratory illnesses. (..)