Type 1 diabetes cases in children and teenagers have increased during the COVID-19 pandemic, worrying researchers. Recent data from different countries, including the UK, shows a significant rise in diagnosed cases. Healthcare delays may contribute to some cases, but there are other factors involved. Before the pandemic, type 1 diabetes in children was slowly increasing by around 3% each year. However, during the pandemic’s first and second years, there was a notable surge, with a 14% and approximately 27% increase, respectively. Experts from the University of Toronto emphasize the need for more resources and support to assist the growing number of children and teenagers affected by type 1 diabetes.

The reasons for the rise in type 1 diabetes cases during COVID-19 are uncertain. Some theories suggest a link between the virus and diabetes, while others propose reduced germ exposure during lockdowns as a factor. However, the evidence supporting these ideas is inconsistent. JDRF UK, a diabetes research organization, advises being alert for symptoms like fatigue, excessive thirst, frequent urination, and unexplained weight loss. Early detection and prompt treatment are crucial for managing the condition effectively.