Link with Covid-19 and early-onset Type 1?

Imperial College London researchers want to investigate a possible link between Type 1 diabetes and Covid-19 after a small study found cases of Type 1 among children almost doubled during the peak of Britain’s coronavirus epidemic.

The study, published in Diabetes Care, analysed data from 30 children in London hospitals diagnosed with new-onset Type 1 diabetes during the first peak of the pandemic – around double the cases during this period in previous years.

Twenty-one children were tested for Covid-19 or had antibody tests — and five tested positive for the infection.

“More research is needed to establish whether there is a definitive link, … but in the meantime, we hope clinicians will be mindful of this,” said Karen Logan, who co-led the study.


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