Ongoing Debate Whether COVID Links to New Diabetes in Kids
02/08 - There was no significant increase in the post-COVID pandemic monthly rate of incident diabetes in children and youth in Ontario, Canada, compared with the pre-pandemic rate, in new research.
This contrasts with findings from a US study and a German study, but this is "not the final word" about this possible association, lead author Rayzel Shulman, MD, admits, since the study may have been underpowered.
The population-based, cross-sectional study was published recently as a Research Letter in JAMA Open.
The researchers found a nonsignificant increase in the monthly rate of new diabetes during the first 18 months of the COVID-19 pandemic compared with the 3 prior years (relative risk [RR] 1.09, 95% CI).
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