Researchers at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine established a link between children who contract COVID-19 and a higher risk of type 1 diabetes (TD1).
During their research, released in JAMA, the health records of more than 1.1 million children and adolescents who contracted COVID-19 were analyzed.
The pediatric patients had contracted COVID-19 between 2020 and 2021.
“Data were obtained using TriNetX Analytics Platform, a web-based database of deidentified electronic health records of more than 90 million patients, from the Global Collaborative Network, which includes 74 large health care organizations across 50 US states and 14 countries with diverse representation of geographic regions, self-reported race, age, income, and insurance types,” according to the study’s authors.
What the study found: “In this study, new T1D diagnoses were more likely to occur among pediatric patients with prior COVID-19 than among those with other respiratory infections (or with other encounters with health systems).”
“The increased risk of new-onset T1D after COVID-19 adds an important consideration for risk-benefit discussions for prevention and treatment of SARS-CoV-2 infection in pediatric populations.”