October 19, 2020, 10.19 PM

WASHINGTON, KOMPAS.com – Doctors and scientists are scrambling to determine if getting diabetes is one of the effects of coronavirus.

The Covid-19 virus is known to have a dangerous relationship with cases of infected people with diabetes which predominantly leads to death.

Many health experts also convinced that having diabetes could be one of the effects of coronavirus — even in some adults and children who do not have the traditional risk factors.

Mario Buelna, a healthy 28-year-old father, caught a fever and started having trouble breathing in June. He soon tested positive for Covid-19.

Read also: Remdesivir has ‘Little or No Effect on Covid-19 Mortality: WHO Study

Weeks later, after what had seemed like a recovery, he felt weak and started vomiting. At 3am on August 1, he passed out on the floor of his home in Mesa, Arizona.

Paramedics rushed him to a nearby hospital, where doctors put him in intensive care after saving him from a coma. They told him he could have died.

Their diagnosis — type 1 diabetes — stunned and frightened him because he had no history of the disease.

“Covid triggered it,” Buelna said the doctors told him.

It’s already been well-documented that people with diabetes face much higher risks of severe illness or death if they contract Covid-19.



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