Since @A DiabetesTeam Member shared his LADA diagnosis, I figured it was a time for a refresher 😁
Type 2 Diabetes, formerly Sugar Diabetes is the most common (90% of all diabetics)
T2 is a metabolic disorder where Resistance to using our own insulin is usually the problem. T2’s can also develop insulin production issues as the disease progresses
T2’s often actually have Metabolic Syndrome with T2 being the major disorder (under the umbrella) which also includes cholesterol, blood pressure… read more
Covid can also make existing diabetes worse.
What they know about it so far is that it effects about 10% that test positive for Covid.
The Covid boogies need to attach to/feed off of a cell in our body to multiply.
While "cells they prefer" are in different parts of the body, the Beta Cells in the Pancreas are on their list of favourites.
If Covid gets into your Beta Cells it kills the ones it (feeds on) and damages those around the one it's killing.
That results in lower insulin production, which if low enough, results in Diabetes.
An existing Type 2, who is mostly resistant to using insulin could find themselves suddenly out of control because now they have less insulin that they are not using very well to start off with.
It would have no effect on a Type 1 since they are producing effectively no insulin anyhow.
What they don't know is if this is "temporary or permanent".
They "do know" that Beta Cells can be regenerated (within a number of conditions) if they simply get burned out due to over-use. This mostly benefits Type 2's when they are initially diagnosed.
High blood sugar causes over production and they burn out. But if you "get control" the (break) gives some percentage a chance to recover.
This is somewhat different then some virus "killing them" but they just don't know if they will "grow back" sometime after the Covid cooties are completely out of the body.
I would like to say how thankful for our Diabetes Team and the excellent standards of
Information being shared here.
Thank you! Graham and all our commentors. I'm new to The team, but am so inspired with hearing from everyone.
Have a great day and weekend as we fight the beast called Diabetes.
Yes,unfortunately about 50% of women with gestational diabetes develop type 2. Your son is apparently twice as likely to get diabetes so if he is aware of it he can take steps to prevent it.
Excellent information. One thing I would add about gestational diabetes is, that I was told when I had it, that I had a higher chance of developing type 2 diabetes in the future. I did end up being diagnosed around 10yrs after I had my son. I was also told that he would have a higher chance of getting diabetes in the future because I had gestational diabetes. Hopefully that won’t be the case.
Excellent article. Many people feel that there only about type 1 Diabetes,
LADA AND gestational Diabetes. Who knew that Covid could affect Diabetes like it does.? This is
Information that needs to be shared worldwide.
What can we do to cut down on the incidence of Covid related Diabetes? Or if we already have Diabetes, does Covid worsen the severity of Type 2?
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